Ex-marine Andrew Burden is Silsden’s Firefighter Of The Year.

He won the accolade following a vote among the retained station’s 12-strong crew.

The award was presented at a special event held in Silsden’s Sunnybank Social Club, which also featured a band – Catch 22 – buffet and raffle.

Mr Burden, 44, whose full-time job is chimney sweep and stove installer, has been a firefighter at Silsden for nearly four years.

“I was surprised when it was announced I’d won the award – I’m no different to any of the other lads – but I am delighted and proud,” he said.

“I’ve organised a lot of the charity and community work this last year so I guess that’s why my name was put forward.”

Silsden’s station commander, Pete Hanson, said the award recognised outstanding commitment and hard work.

The awards evening also included a presentation to Dave Cockshott, who has retired after 22 years as a firefighter. Mr Cockshott, 51, a builder, received a statuette and certificate.

More than 100 people attended the event and over £200 was raised for The Firefighters Charity.