FIRE crews who bravely fought to rescue a popular Uttoxeter woman from a fire at her home and then went on to raise vital funds in her memory have been nominated for an award.
Firefighters from Abbots Bromley and Tutbury fought to save Lisa Oldham after the blaze at her home in Wood Lane caused by a bio-ethanol burner in 2012.
Sadly, the 38-year-old, who was married to Richard and was the daughter of Peter and Linda Douglas, passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, after bravely battling for life for more than a week.
After the tragic fire, the firefighters joined the mother-of-two’s family and friends in a mammoth fund-raising effort which raised more than £90,000, which was split between three charities in her memory.
Now the crews have been nominated for the fire service champion award for their response to the incident in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s MORE awards.
The fire service revealed that firefighters and crews in East Staffordshire have scooped several nominations in the annual awards.
The event aims to highlight the excellent work carried out by staff as well as volunteers.
Philip Mulligan and community safety officer Jo Walker have also been nominated by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s housing team for being its ‘most inspirational and reliable partner’.
Sharmayne Pearcefirst has been nominated as young person of the year for her work as a student firefighter.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “We are lucky to have an extremely dedicated and hard-working team, in terms of operational and support staff as well as voluntary members of the team, at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and we are proud of the excellent work that they carry out on a daily basis.
“The roles within the service are incredibly diverse but each member of staff plays a key part in ensuring it runs smoothly and every individual is a vital cog in our wheel.
“The awards are our way of thanking those who have gone the extra mile.”
The Tutbury fire crew has also received a further nomination in the service to the community category for ‘pro-actively identifying’ vulnerable members of the community who need extra support.
The MORE award winners will be announced on June 12.