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Commendation truly was a team effort

Calder Valley Search and Rescue team, John McGowan, An n Ogden, Pete Farnell, Les Wilson and Bryan Hickman, at West Yorkshire Police Awards Night, Shay Stadium, Halifax

Calder Valley Search and Rescue team, John McGowan, An n Ogden, Pete Farnell, Les Wilson and Bryan Hickman, at West Yorkshire Police Awards Night, Shay Stadium, Halifax

It was a case of double delight for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team as they were commended and given a cheque by the police .

The Mytholmroyd-based team received the District Commander’s Commendation at the annual Calderdale Police Awards for their life-saving voluntary work during last year’s snow storms.

And, just as importantly for the team which is run by volunteer’s and gets no Government funding towards its annual £35,000 running costs, the police presented team members with a cheque for £2,000.

Team leader Les Wilson said: “The award makes us feel very proud indeed.

“We’re a team of 46 volunteers so every time we go out on any type of job everyone’s giving up their time for free. Quite often we have got up in the middle of the night or rushed in from work. So to get an award for our efforts, we’re really proud.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony, held at The Shay, Calderdale District Superintendant Owen West said: “In March of last year the team saw, even for them, unprecedented demand in relation to the heavy snow fall. In a five day period the team mobilised and dealt with all manner of critical incidents and played a significant part in the air lifting of a casualty by RAF helicopter.”

 

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