Selfless fire prevention advocate named RoSPA Archangel

16/07/2015

A man who has dedicated his life to saving others has been honoured with a top award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Huntingdon-based Gary Pyle has been named an Archangel, the highest honour in the RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards scheme which recognises individuals who go above and beyond to improve the safety of others.

Gary has dedicated his life to his passion - saving lives - which he is committed to not just as a professional but also as a volunteer.

After serving more than 26 years in the fire service, Gary, aged 55, continues to take part in fire safety awareness campaigns and events as a fire risk assessor at Luminus, where he has enhanced the company's approach to fire safety.

He has established a strong relationship with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, working hard to achieve a Primary Authority Partnership, providing fire drill training opportunities in two high-rise tower blocks.

Gary is passionate about inspiring the next generation to think about fire safety, and works with Luminus' Junior Warden Scheme in schools, sharing his expertise through interactive and energetic presentations.

He also dedicates 18 hours a week as a volunteer community first responder for the East of England Ambulance Service, and has been first on the scene in all kinds of incidents, saving many lives.

Gary received his award last night from Lord Jordan of Bournville CBE, vice-president of RoSPA, and the charity’s chief executive Tom Mullarkey during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Mr Mullarkey said: “Few people in our country have dedicated as much of their time and effort to such a worthy cause - saving and protecting people’s lives.

“Thousands of people are killed each year in their own homes by accidents, with fire being a major cause of death and serious injury.

“There is perhaps no nobler vocation than educating the next generation to help them to stay safe now and in the future, and providing vulnerable families with the knowledge and tools to help them protect their loved ones.”

Further Guardian Angel Awards presentations will take place in Glasgow in September, while other winners, who are unable to attend a ceremony, will receive their awards through the post. Guardian Angel Awards presentations are taking place as part of the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015.

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