Animal Welfare Champion
A popular RSPCA officer who went missing in February has been honoured with a special award at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards in association with South West Bottled Gas.
RSPCA officer Mike Reid disappeared during a rescue mission to save up-to 30 gannets near Penzance, during storms in February 2016.
He was recognised as Cornwall’s ‘Animal Welfare Champion’, and the trophy was collected by his family at the ceremony which took place at Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives. This award was sponsored by Dairyland Farm World, Newquay.
Father of three Mike was nominated for the award in recognition of his commitment to animals, and assisting those around him
Nominator Emma Forde said: “I work as an out-of-hours veterinary nurse. Not only did he come in with RSPCA cases, but also came in during his own rescues; which were affectionately known as 'Mike Specials’.
“He would pop by when passing for a hot chocolate on cold nights always asking after the animals we had on our wards”.
Emma continued: “He talked of his wife and children with an immense amount of love and adoration. His passion for animals will be difficult to surpass and he had such a wonderful way with people which put them immediately at ease.
“He had a particular love for sea birds, and many times he came in with an injured gull. He will be sorely missed by all of us. A massive loss for the community and for the animals.
Mike’s wife Tracey said: “I’m very proud of him. If he were here today, he’d be amazed.
“He’s always there for you. Always bringing animals home – as a person he is amazing. He’d do anything for anybody.”
Tracy continued: “We know he’s touched a lot of people, because I’ve had messages from people that he’s been there and helped them with their dogs, given them advice.
“I don’t think he’d believe that he would be getting the award. As a family we are very proud of him”.