After three years serving as a fire cadet with the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, young Connor Walker has had his efforts recognised with the award of an impressive new title. The 17 year-old from Potton has been named a Lord-Lieutenant’s Fire Cadet – the first title of its kind in the country – awarded by the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis.
Having been part of the Sandy Fire Cadet Scheme run by the department, Connor was heavily praised for his work, with particular accolades given for his position as a role model for younger recruits, despite being so young himself.
During the presentation of the official appointment, in front of family, colleagues and Chief Fire Officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Paul Fuller, Lord-Lieutenant Nellis spoke of Connor’s achievements.
“He plays an active part in anything that is asked of him, including additional exercise scenarios, civil events as required and brigade carol concerts and awards ceremonies” she explained.
Lord-Lieutenant’s Fire Cadet
Connor’s specialist role will see him accompanying Nellis to official events among other things, yet his new position will still allow him time to complete his fire cadet responsibilities.
Alongside the usual drills and exercises, Connor’s regular involvement in charity based activities has been partly responsible for his prestigious new title, with work for Children in Need collections and a prominent role in the Sandy Carnival for the last couple of years.
Paul Fuller spoke of his pride in having one of his recruits being the first to obtain this new honour, citing the “well-established Cadet Scheme at Sandy” for helping Connor towards this achievement. He went on to thank the support of Sandy Town Council, and expressed a desire to see the scheme grow across the country in the coming years.