This years award goes to James Durning the Senior Officer of Taylor Prestons in Wellington. In January of this year while on duty at TPL James discovered a fire in a store room while conducting a site patrol. He immediately raised the alarm and was responsible for ensuring the safe evacuation of over 300 employees from the plant. James then coordinated all of the information to the clients management team and the emergency services.
At the peak of the incident there were 26 fire appliances in attendance. His professional actions potentially saved millions of dollars in damage and even life. Recon awarded James the Officer of the Year Trophy as well as a G-Shock watch. James has also been nominated by Recon for the NZSA Security Officer of the Year award and has been selected as a finalist. The results of which will be known at the end of November.