A FORMER Bromsgrove firefighter proved she was the perfect role model after helping young people who were victims of crime and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Sophie Newnes was recognised at a special ceremony at Worcester’s Guildhall last week, receiving a Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) award.
As part of the service’s Positive Role Model (PRIME) scheme in North Worcestershire, Sophie was successful in helping vulnerable young people with a diverse range of issues with their personal development.
The youths had been referred to the service for one-to-one support.
As part of the project the young people confided in Sophie about the ongoing criminality they were falling victim to and she was able to bring the matter to the attention of the police, providing details on those committing the crime.
She also liaised between the police and the young people to make the process of giving evidence statements easier for them and she helped the victims communicate what had happened to their parents and guardians.
Sophie said: “Nothing is possible as an individual, so this award is for all the firefighters involved in supporting, helping and developing the PRIME programme.”
HWFRS Group Commander Rob Allen who introduced the award said it was thanks to Sophie the criminals faced justice for what they had done.
“The perpetrators were brought to trial at Crown Court and received significant custodial sentences.
“Sophie’s contribution was integral to this process and also brought great comfort to the victims and their families,” he added.
Sophie now works for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.