The commitment and courage of emergency services staff was marked this week by South Kesteven District Council with the raising of a commemorative flag over St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, on Monday.
The ceremony to mark Emergency Services 999 Day began with two minutes’ silence at 9am – the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month – to remember more than 7,000 personnel who have died in the line of duty.
Cllr Jacky Smith, the Chairman of SKDC, welcomed guests including Cabinet Members, councillors, council officers, members of the local emergency services, the Mayor of Grantham, Cllr Adam Stokes, and representatives of the Scouts.
“The men and women of our emergency services demonstrate incredible courage and professionalism every single day,” said Cllr Smith.
“Time and time again, they are there for us when we need them most. As a country, we are indebted to them for their extraordinary commitment to the public, and these very special events are our opportunity to honour the work they do and say a heartfelt thank-you.”
Father Stuart Cradduck, Rector of St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham, led the prayers.
The annual 999 Day promotes volunteering in the emergency services, educates the public about using the services responsibly, teaches life-saving skills and promotes their work.
More information about 999 Day can be found at … http://nesm.org.uk/999day