March 22nd attacks emergency services “Brusseleers of the Year” award
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    March 22nd attacks emergency services “Brusseleers of the Year” award

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    Emergency services arrived to the spot of the accident en masse.
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    The emergency services involved during the March 22nd attacks received the “Brusseleers of the Year” award yesterday. The award is organised by the newspapers Le Soir and Vlan Bruxelles in collaboration with VivaBruxelles and BX1. The emergency services inherit this from the businessmen involved in the Brussels Beer Project, which won in 2015.

    For the 25th year of the awards, Brussels cybernauts decided to pay homage to all those who were plunged into the heart of the horror of the attacks. These took place on March 22nd last year, and affected the metro and Brussels Airport.

    In equal measure, these included the medical emergency services, firemen, police, the military, STIB agents, the Red Cross. It also honoured all other services, which provided assistance during this dark day.

    Operational managers from the various services involved came on the stage yesterday (Tuesday) to collect their prize on the Studio 4 stage in Flagey. They also received the prize in the category “Society”.

    In the category “Politics”, the Mayor of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Françoise Schepmans, took the award for the third time in a row. His commune was also honoured with the prize by the prize awarded to the Museum of Modern Art, known as the MIMA, awarded in the “Culture” category.

    Amongst sport personalities, the hockey player, Tom Boon, after being crowned with his Olympic medal, gleaned the most votes. The sustainable food cooperative, Färm, was awarded the top prize in the “Economy” category.

    A prize awarded by the third sector organisation, Sprout to be Brussels was added to the prizes this year. The first winner of this award was the third sector organisation, Flagey.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times