GERMAN firefighters have presented a Crewe fire officer with a dedicated service award.
Crewe's Assistant Divisional Officer John Lloyd was awarded the German Fire Service Silver Medal for International Cooperation during a visit to Bischofsheim, twin town to Crewe and Nantwich.
He travelled to the centenary celebrations of the Bischofsheim Fire Brigade accompanied by fellow assistant divisional officer Dave Langer and retired subofficer Lindsay Johns.
During a weekend of parties, concerts, marches and receptions, John was presented with the award by Markus Staubach, area commander for the Frankfurt division.
He was nominated for his dedicated work over the years building strong links between the brigades in Crewe and Nantwich and Bischofsheim, ever since the towns were twinned in 1991.
John said: 'It came as a complete surprise and was a great honour. The whole weekend was magnificent, there were brigades over from Bavaria and Poland also and some fantastic displays of fire appliances and other emergency service vehicles.
'I was really impressed because Bischofscheim only has a small volunteer force, it must have been a mammoth task for them to achieve all they did.'
John said events in Crewe and Nantwich are followed closely by his fellow fire fighters in the German town, as they all avidly read the Chronicle.
He said: 'They have it sent over every week. No doubt they will be very proud when they see their centenary celebrations get a mention.'
Members of the Bischofscheim Fire Brigade will travel to Crewe and Nantwich with other town dignitaries for the Crewe Carnival later this month. Another visit is expected in October.