Deserved award for RNLI Gary

Gary Waugh from Hartlepool RNLI with his long-service award.
Gary Waugh from Hartlepool RNLI with his long-service award.

A LONG-SERVICE award has been presented to a life-saving charity’s mechanic who has served for 24 years.

Hartlepool Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Station Mechanic, Gary Waugh, has been presented with a long service badge and a letter of thanks from the organisation’s chief executive for his work.

The award was presented to Gary by Hartlepool RNLI operations manager, Mike Craddy, at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station, on Thursday, August 28.

Mike said: “This award is well deserved. Gary has been a valuable crew member at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station during his career and we hope he will continue for years to come. The contribution Gary has made is much appreciated by myself and all volunteer crew members at Hartlepool RNLI.”

Gary was presented with an RNLI Long Service badge and a framed letter of thanks.

A proud Gary said: “My time with the RNLI has been a fantastic experience. The crew and officials at Hartlepool RNLI are second to none and a fantastic bunch, it’s like a big family.”

Gary joined the RNLI as a volunteer lifeboat member at Crimdon Dene Station in 1990 until it closed in October 1993, before joining the Hartlepool crew. He has been assistant mechanic, station mechanic, an Inshore Lifeboat helsman, All Weather Lifeboat assistant coxswain, and 2nd coxwain.