Norwich City are is delighted to welcome Mick Jolly as our Community Hero for Tuesday evening's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road (7:45pm).
Mick, 68, is the longest-serving firefighter in Norfolk’s history having joined the Norfolk Fire Service aged 22 at Watton station in 1970 as a retained firefighter.
After nearly 47 years of service, he has decided to hang up his helmet and uniform for good.
"I left school and started work as a mechanic and the officer in charge of Watton Fire Station also worked at the same garage as me," Mick told canaries.co.uk.
"He asked me if I was interested in becoming a retained firefighter and I agreed and joined on November 26, 1970 and never looked back."
Mick has attended most types of incidents such as plane crashes, cats up trees, people trapped and a call he never wanted to receive.
"One of the worst incidents I was called to was when my parents lost their house when the neighbour’s house caught fire and sadly the lady died," he explained.
During his many years of service, Mick was part of Project 90 – a committee which helped fundraise money for new hydraulic cutting equipment to use at road traffic accidents.
"We needed to raise £6,000 to buy the equipment but through various fundraising activities and help from colleagues, their families and residents, more than £12,000 was raised," he said.
"We ended up buying equipment for the Watton Doctors Surgery, St Johns Brigade and Watton High School Duke of Edinburgh award group.
“Some of my most memorable thoughts I will take away with me apart from attending most types of incidents you can imagine is the people who come up to you in the streets and thank you for what you have done for them.
"The letters they send to the station thanking the crews for their professionalism, help and understanding in their time of need makes you feel extremely proud to be a firefighter.
"I am very humbled and proud to have been picked to be the Community Hero not only for myself but for all firefighters, especially the retained firefighters who not only have the fire service employment, they have full-time occupations and family to juggle around.
"It’s one hell of a commitment and dedication and I’m very proud that my son (pictured with Mick) is also a Retained Fire Fighter at Watton and carrying on in my footsteps."
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Mick as he brings out the matchball ahead of our game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to a special plinth prior to kick-off.
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super-fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community.
If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please contact the Club via firstname.lastname@example.org