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Police and Crime Commissioner honours National 999 Day and all those who have been killed in the line of duty

19 October 2022

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Donna Jones laid a wreath and observed a two minute silence at Police and Fire HQ in Eastleigh today (October 19) to honour National Emergency Services day, recognising the tireless work of those who have dedicated their life to protecting and serving the public.

Approximately two million 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.

National Emergency Services day honours the work of the Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, NHS, Coastguard, Lifeboats and Search and Rescue.

Volunteers are an essential part of the emergency services family, and they play a core part in keeping Britain safe. 999 volunteer roles include Special Constables, Retained Firefighters, NHS Community Responders, St John Ambulance, RNLI, Search and Rescue and Coastguard volunteers.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Donna Jones, standing alongside police, NHS and fire colleagues today, said: “It was an honour to be part of the ceremony today. It is so important to recognise the work of the emergency services and the NHS, services that are on the frontline trying to keep people safe and save lives; services we might take for granted.

“I know that each and every person working and volunteering in this area make personal sacrifices every day, for the benefit of others.

“It is right that those who have lost their lives in the line of public duty be remembered as heroes, as they go towards danger, just trying to keep us safe from harm.

“I want to pay tribute to their families and colleagues today, and thank all those who continue to dedicate their lives to keeping us all safe. You do an amazing job.”