FF Tommy Richardson receives Queen’s Fire Service Medal

Earlier today, Firefighter Tommy Richardson was presented with the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service by HRH Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

Tommy is a member of the Byker-based Swiftwater Rescue Team who campaigns passionately to reduce drowning incidents. When Tommy was named in the 2019 New Year Honours list, Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther commented:

“Tommy’s passion and commitment to ensure water safety is high on everyone’s agenda has left no one untouched. From our water safety demonstrations to our work with partners, businesses and like-minded charities he has led the way in trying to reduce water-related deaths.

Both as a firefighter and an educator, Tommy has been tireless in his water safety work and it is a privilege to have him as one of my firefighters. He has every attribute you would want in a firefighter, we and the communities of Tyne and Wear are very proud to have him as one of our own.”

From everyone at TWFRS, congratulations to Tommy on this well-deserved honour!

Tommy Richardson with his medal at Buckingham Palace