Public servants’ long service is rewarded
TWO dozen public servants with more than 500 years of experience between them have been honoured for their long service to Guernsey.
Members of the Fire & Rescue Service, Guernsey Police, Guernsey Prison and the Guernsey Border Agency who have been with the services for 20 years or more were thanked and rewarded for their hard work at a presentation ceremony at Government House.
Lt-Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder presented the awards and spoke about his own experiences.
‘As someone who comes from a military background, I am well aware of what you go through and what your families, subsequently, go through.
‘Tonight it is a great honour to pay tribute to you for your dedication and hard work.’
He thanked the individuals personally as he has previously been on the receiving end of their work and appreciated all they did to protect the island, the streets we walk on, the property we live in and the people we are surrounded by.
‘What you do is fundamental to society.’
Senior prison officer Patrick Hatley said it was lovely to be recognised for his work, which has spanned nearly 22 years in the service.
‘I love being in the service, hopefully I can continue to serve for many more years to come.
‘One of the highlights is seeing people who have been through the prison service and have been rehabilitated – they are grateful for it and it’s nice to see them come out the other side.’
A group of six police officers who trained together in Kent in 1999 all received their long service awards.
PC Simon Hamon, Inspector Thomas Marshall, Detective Inspector Julie Palmer, Sergeant Andrew Smith, Detective Constable Tamzen Smith and Sergeant Sacha Yabsley are one of the few groups who joined together over 20 years ago and are still serving in Guernsey as a cohort.
Home Affairs president Mary Lowe said: ‘A career in frontline public service comes with its own unique set of challenges and rewards.
‘These long service awards may be a small token of our appreciation but they also come with a big thank you for the commitment shown by the recipients in keeping our island and islanders safe. Guernsey is better place because of their hard work over many years.’
See page 7 of today's Guernsey Press for a full list of the award recipients.