A SPECIAL flag-raising ceremony was held this morning to mark Emergency Services Day.
Worcestershire County Council chairman, Coun Steve Mackay, attended the tribute at County Hall this morning alongside Vice-Chairman Chris Rogers and The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Brigadier Roger Brunt CBE.
It was concluded with the raising of the ‘Emergency Services Flag’.
Coun Mackay said: “I’m really proud and privileged to see the Emergency Services flag flying high above County Hall on this national day of support and reflection.
“As a former member of the emergency services myself, I’d call on everyone to take a moment today to support my fellow police colleagues and the other services that support those who require their assistance and reflect on those that have very sadly lost their lives in the line of duty.”
Mr Brunt said: “On behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant it is an honour to support this recognition of the courageous and unstinting contribution made by the Emergency Services to public safety.
“We, as a community, are served by dedicated and professional women and men who put our best interests first, often at the cost of their own.
“Reflecting on their commitment and service is a source of great pride and gratitude.”
2million people work and volunteer across the NHS and emergency services today, many of whom are volunteers, without whom the emergency services could not operate effectively.
Over 7,500 members of the UK emergency services have been killed in the line of duty in the last 200 years.
Emergency Services Day is a national day across the UK, and is an opportunity to show support for the country’s selfless NHS and emergency services heroes and to pay respects to those who have their lives whilst trying to support others.
Emergency Services Day is also known as 999 Day.