A WATCH manager from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
John Cartwright, who works at Agecroft Fire Station, has
received the award for his services to the fire and rescue
He said: "I couldn't believe it when I found out - I think
that's why it's been so easy keeping it a secret. I had to see it
in black and white before I believed it!"
John joined GMFRS in 1989 and has worked at Broughton, Agecroft
and Salford fire stations before taking a role at headquarters with
However, his work with children and young people has gone on
over many years - he set up the first cadet unit at Broughton Fire
Station 19 years ago and hasn't looked back.
"I had never done anything in relation to youth work before but
it becomes a bug - in a nice way," said John.
"You see a real difference in the kids from when they start the
cadets to when they leave, it's amazing. Parents come up and tell
you what a difference it makes and it really does leave you with a
warm glow inside.
"I'm still in touch with those cadets from 19 years ago and they
are doing brilliantly."
John's enthusiasm for helping young people took on new heights
when he became involved with developments nationally.
He has been involved in the Fire Services Youth Training
Association since its inception, becoming chairman 10 years ago - a
role he still undertakes.
In 2012 he took a secondment role with the Chief Fire Officers
Association, helping expand fire cadets across the country,
creating a national uniform and ensuring fire cadets were an
educational program - even helping lead the design of a BTEC
He now works at Agecroft Community Fire Station where he is a
Watch Manager, but is still involved with the national fire cadets
on his days off.
Since news of his MBE was announced overnight, John has been
swamped with messages of congratulation from the many people who he
has connected with and helped over the years.
He said: "I've been getting messages from across the country and
over Europe. My family is over the moon at the news, it's been
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