Mayor's emotional tribute to emergency services 'heroes'

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 09 September 2020

Oldham’s Mayor Cllr Ginny Alexander has posted an emotional video to mark Emergency Services Day, or 999 day, as a celebration of the contributions, past and present, of those who have served in the emergency services of the United Kingdom.

Normally Emergency Services would be holding a series of events around the country showcasing their invaluable contributions, but due to Covid 19 restrictions they have had to be shelved..

Cllr Alexander said: “This morning the Emergency Services flag was raised at the civic centre as an act of thanks on behalf of us all, the great people of Oldham.

“The emergency services, which are our police force, St Johns and North West ambulance services, Fire and rescue services, our coast guard volunteers, and the Mountain Rescue Services work tirelessly 24/7, all year round to ensure our safety. 

“I am proud to say we have our very own Mountain Rescue Team based in Greenfield, who we owe a great debt for their outstanding work.

“Today is an annual event to promote volunteering and work opportunities across the emergency services.

“It is a day we support and honour the heroic men and women of the NHS and Emergency Services, especially throughout the Covid-19 pandemic - who knows where we would have been without them.

“Please look on the websites of our great emergency services to see what opportunities they have for you.

"Thank you to all of our emergency services from the people of Oldham.

"You really are our heroes.“

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