Northern Ireland fire & rescue crew commander receives highest accolade for bravery – the Queen’s Gallantry Medal

Published:  28 July, 2010

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Crew Commander Gavin Miller from Limavady Fire Station has received the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, one of the highest civil decorations awarded in the UK for exemplary acts of bravery. 

NIFRS nominated Crew Commander Gavin Miller for this highest accolade to recognise his outstanding bravery in rescuing his colleague Leading Firefighter Joe McCloskey from the fire at Gorteen House Hotel in Limavady on 1 November 2003.  Despite the pain from the intense heat of the fire, Crew Commander Gavin Miller managed to reach his colleague and drag him to safety.  Tragically Leading Firefighter Joe McCloskey later died in hospital.

Crew Commander Gavin Miller is a retained (part time) Firefighter at Limavady Fire Station.  He joined Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in 1998 and was promoted to Crew Commander in 2009.  He is married to Nuala and has a young son.

Tom Wright, Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:

“Everyone in Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is delighted today that Gavin has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Gallantry Medal. It is so rightly deserved and we as an organisation are incredibly proud of him.  NIFRS has worked tirelessly to have Gavin recognised at the highest level for his unparalleled bravery.

“Today however is also a sad day for NIFRS as we remember the loss of our colleague Leading Firefighter Joe McCloskey at the tragic fire at Gorteen House Hotel in Limavady on 1 November 2003.  Joe remains in all our thoughts.”

Eoin Doyle, Western Area Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:

“I am personally delighted to congratulate Gavin on receiving this highest civil decoration for his remarkable bravery in rescuing Leading Firefighter Joe McCloskey at the Gorteen House Hotel fire.  This recognition has taken some time but NIFRS has remained resolute in its desire to have Gavin decorated for his exemplary bravery.  Gavin truly represents what working for the fire and rescue service is all about and we are very proud of him.”

Crew Commander Gavin Miller, Limavady Fire Station said:

 “It is a great honour to receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.  I am overwhelmed and delighted but would like to dedicate this award to the memory of my colleague Leading Firefighter Joe McCloskey and his family.  My thoughts are and always have been with them.  I would also like to dedicate the award to all my colleagues who fought the fire on that tragic night.  It is such a privilege and inspiration to work with such courageous people every day.”

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

XVR Simulation Software, training software for safety and security

XVR is virtual reality training software for the training, education and assessment of incident response professionals – fire & rescue, police ambulance and civil defence. XVR is used by schools and training centres, emergency services, industrial companies and critical infrastructure owners in 23 countries worldwide.

Spectrex Inc. – Optical Flame and Open Path Gas Detectors

Spectrex Inc. is a world leader in optical flame and combustible gas detection, with over 30 years experience in providing solution for the protection of high-risk onshore and offshore oil & gas, chemical and petrochemical sites, including protection of storage tanks, filling operations, aircraft hangars, atria and many other areas where hydrocarbons fires are a concern.

DuPont™ Nomex®; Proven heat stress protection for firefighters

DuPont is the inventor and the world’s largest producer of high-performance materials and solutions with leading world brands such as DuPont™ Nomex®, Kevlar®, Teflon® and Tyvek®, providing personal protection, be it thermal, mechanical or chemical, to over 90 countries.

argus: experts in thermal imaging

argus® are a division of e2v Technologies Ltd. Since the 1940’s e2v have developed imaging solutions for use in some of the World’s most exciting ventures, from monitoring environmental changes on Earth to helping NASA’s Curiosity Rover detect the elements, which could support life on Mars.

Solberg – the new standard in firefighting foam

Solberg is the one-stop resource for firefighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware. With our unique offering of environmentally sustainable fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free foam concentrates, and traditional firefighting foam concentrates, Solberg leads the industry in firefighting foam innovation.

Holmatro - Mastering Power

Holmatro Rescue Equipment develops, manufactures, sells and services high-pressure hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical rescue equipment. With a comprehensive dealer network on all continents, manufacturing plants in the Netherlands (head office) and USA, and sales offices in China and UK, we supply our products and services to fire and rescue organizations all over the world.

Dr Sthamer - Hamburg: foam fights fire

Dr Sthamer – Hamburg, has been developing and manufacturing state-of-the art firefighting foams since the 1920’s. Having been founded in 1886 by Dr Richard Sthamer, we are still proudly owned and managed by the Sthamer family. Our base is still at the original site where we started in, on the banks of the Bille River in Hamburg Germany.

Suppliers Database

Search either by product or company name:

Product:

Company:

Calendar

IFP Chinese NFPA NFPA First Class Firefighter Resource