Long service awards for 3 Hartlepool RNLI volunteers.
At an RNLI awards ceremony held at the Ramside Hotel in Durham recently 3 Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were honoured with long service awards.
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers Steve Pounder (centre) and Steve Dunnett (right) were awarded the RNLI 20 year long service medals and Eddie Atkinson was awarded the Honorary Life Governorship of the RNLI for 41 years service.
Steve Pounder has volunteered on the crew at Hartlepool for over 20 years on both the Inshore and All weather lifeboats and has recently become the Lifeboat station Visits Officer. Steve visits schools and clubs giving talks on the work of the RNLI both in Hartlepool and nationally.
Steve said ‘My Dad was Coxwain and I guess I just followed him into the RNLI although I didn’t join until I was in my mid 30’s. It’s been a great experience and one I wouldn’t have missed for the world.’
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember Steve Dunnett also received the RNLI’s 20 year long service and said ‘I was an Instructor with the Diving club and was asked if I would join Hartlepool Lifeboat crew and help the mechanics. I was a qualified mechanic and held all the first aid qualifications and it seem a natural progression.
I have enjoyed the teamwork working with likeminded people and being involved with water based activities. Two of my sons have followed me into the RNLI at Hartlepool.’
Steve has served as 2nd Mechanic on the All weather lifeboat as well as the Inshore lifeboat.
The Honorary Governorship of the RNLI was posthumously awarded to Eddie Atkinson for his 41 years service as Lifeboat Station Treasurer at Hartlepool. Sadly Eddie passed away last October, aged 91 years old, without knowing of his award. The award was accepted on behalf of the family by Eddie’s son in law, Malcolm Wallis, (left) who has taken over as Station Treasurer and is also Press Officer at Hartlepool Lifeboat station.
Malcolm said ‘It was a great honour and privilege to receive the award on behalf of the family and Eddie deserved the highest award the RNLI can give to a non operational volunteer.’
Hartlepool RNLI Operations Manager, Mike Craddy said ‘We are all so proud of our volunteers whether they are crewmembers or officials, they all do a great job to help save lives at sea.’
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Hartlepool RNLI volunteers Malcolm Wallis (left), Steve Pounder (centre) & Steve Dunnett (right)
Eddie Atkinson – posthumously awarded Honorary Governor of RNLI
- Hartlepool lifeboat station has been operating since 1803. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org/hartlepool
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