Team ‘humbled and privileged’ to receive highest form of civic honour

Team ‘humbled and privileged’ to receive highest form of civic honour

Ceremony held to recognise important work of Hartlepool Coastguard
Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team and Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool Shane Moore stand for a photo, displaying the Honorary Freedom of the Borough

Coastguard Rescue Officers in Hartlepool have been awarded the highest form of civic honour, to recognise their work and contribution to the borough.

After seeking nominations from the community, Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team has been awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough by Hartlepool Borough Council, for always helping those in need.

From lifesaving search and rescue call outs to supporting events and happenings in the town, the work of HM Coastguard has not gone unnoticed by locals. 

The prestigious honour was awarded as a huge thank you to the team during a civic ceremony held on 18 March, presented by the Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Shane Moore.

Following the event, Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Station Officer Garry Carden said: “The team is humbled and privileged to receive such an honour, even to be nominated is something really special. 

“We don’t become coastguard rescue officers for the recognition or praise, we just want to help keep people safe. To receive this honour shows we’re doing something right and we’ve made our community proud.”

Coastal Operations Area Commander Martine Lowe added: “I, alongside HM Coastguard, am so proud of the Hartlepool team, receiving this honour shows how appreciated and respected they are within the community. 

“As the team continues its important and lifesaving duties, officers can remind themselves of this honour – a physical and celebratory reminder of their valued service.”

The citation from the council reads the honour’s bestowal on the coastguard “is testament to the numerous lives saved locally and support the team has provided to Hartlepool”.

Mayor Cllr Moore said: “The Freedom of the Borough is worthy and deserved recognition for a team that does so much to ensure the safety of Hartlepool residents and visitors to the town. 

“The volunteers’ willingness to give up their time to protect others is testimony to their professionalism, dedication and commitment, and it is so reassuring to know that they are on hand in the event of an emergency. 

“My thanks go to each and every member of the team and I would like to congratulate them on this honour.”

Pictures provided by Hartlepool Mail, credit Frank Reid


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