Exmouth's fighting-fireman honoured
PUBLISHED: 12:54 12 November 2010
EXMOUTH'S fighting fireman Matt Mason has been honoured by the South West's fire chief for conquering the world.
EXMOUTH’S fighting fireman Matt Mason has been honoured by the South West’s fire chief for conquering the world.
The Journal had reported how Matt from North Street overcame massive height and weight disadvantages, ear damage and a partisan crowd to become the World Fire Fighter Games Light Heavyweight champion in Daeugu, South Korea, in August.
And now Matt has been awarded a Letter of Commendation by the Chief Fire Officer, Lee Howell, in recognition of his medal win.
Matt has been involved in amateur boxing for 20 years with Lympstone ABC and he has recently set up the Boxing Section within the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Sports and Social Association, of which he is secretary.
Mr Howell said: “Matt has not just been recognised for his boxing skills but for his exemplary behaviour and conduct within the fire service, where in his own quiet conscientious way he has proved to be a real star.
“His performance was an excellent achievement for fire-fighters nationally as well as for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.”
Matt bagged the gold – his third medal in three games on three different continents – by beating the ex-Korean army champion Hasengu Ka despite being forced to move outside his natural weight class and box naturally bigger men.
Matt said: “It was the hardest fight I have ever taken part in. The final was very close and hard fought. It’s a
bit rough in there!”