“Helpful” Andrew honoured at Securitas Community Awards 2014

Securitas has honoured a Leeds security officer for his helpfulness at the company’s fifth Community Awards ceremony.

Andrew Longbottom, 34, received the “Community Award for Helpfulness” at the annual event, which was held at the Tortworth Court Hotel in Gloucestershire.

Andrew, a security officer at Leeds Bus Station was nominated by bus station manager, Richard Tomys, for ensuring the safety and comfort of a member of the public in need of assistance at the station.

Richard said:

“As Andrew was locking up the station late one evening, he asked a customer in a wheelchair if he needed assistance.

“He discovered the man had missed his last bus to his home in Selby and was due to take his medication, which was at home.”

Not wanting to leave the man outside in the cold, Andrew phoned 101 and waited with him for over three hours after his shift had finished for the police to arrive, making him tea and keeping him warm.

“Andrew stayed with the man until 3am. He showed real commitment by ensuring his safety and comfort.”

Securitas country president Brian Riis Nielsen said:

“This award recognises exceptional service and we felt Andrew fully deserved it.

“We feel it’s very important to foster morale and encourage employee initiative and commitment, and we hope the award demonstrates the importance we attach to exceptional achievements and service.”

Andrew Longbottom
Sarah King, head of British Gas presenting Andrew Longbottom with the Award for Helpfulness

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