South Yorkshire firefighter invited to Buckingham Palace

Simon Dillon
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A South Yorkshire firefighter attended a Buckingham Palace garden party hosted by The Queen - for a decade of volunteering for the British Red Cross.

Station manager Simon Dillon has been the ‘link officer’ between South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and the British Red Cross for the last 10 years – coordinating the work of the Fire Emergency Support vehicle, which takes emergency supplies, including food and clothing, to house fire victims.

Each year The Queen hosts a garden party for those associated with the British Red Cross.

Simon said: “This year I was privileged to have been nominated to attend on behalf of the British Red Cross Yorkshire Region, along with Richard Crow, another of our volunteers in South Yorkshire.

“We really enjoyed meeting Prince Charles along with many of the other volunteers who make the British Red Cross such a special charity.

“The real heroes are the army of volunteers who provide this service in South Yorkshire, which has now become a valued part of the fire service’s response to serious emergency incidents, sometimes in the most tragic of circumstances.”