Long-service honours for airport firefighters

Crew commander Murray MacGregor, Senior Airport Fire Officer Tom Eddleston and firefighter John McDonald received their long service medals at Oban Airport this week.

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Depute Lord Lieutenant Andrew Campbell presented three Oban Airport firefighters with their long-service medals at a ceremony in front of families, friends and colleagues on Tuesday.

Senior Airport Fire Officer Tom Eddleston and crew commander Murray MacGregor have both served for 13 years, with fellow firefighter John McDonald notching up 12 years.

Mr Eddleston said: ‘Our small teams do everything from keeping the sites safe, to keeping runways clear of birds, making sure the planes land and take off safely and looking after travellers. We have to rely on each other and I’m proud to serve alongside my colleagues.’

For Mr MacGregor, the past 13 years have passed in a flash and he still enjoys going to work every day, while Mr MacDonald said: ‘I’m proud to receive my long-service medal for doing a job I love. Being part of airport staff helps to keep rural and island air services open which, for me, is an important part of the job.’