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Leek firefighters thanked by local elderly residents

May 10 2018
Watch Manager Jim Keegan, Deputy Nurse Manager Linda Thorley,  Firefighters Tariq Khalil, Richard Simpson, Lee Goodwin, Lewis Jones and resident Mavis Holdcroft

Watch Manager Jim Keegan, Deputy Nurse Manager Linda Thorley, Firefighters Tariq Khalil, Richard Simpson, Lee Goodwin, Lewis Jones and resident Mavis Holdcroft

Firefighters from Leek Community Fire Station have been thanked for their community contribution by local elderly people.

“It was an absolute pleasure to see our resident Nora Deakes engage with the firefighters and then have a personal tour of the truck. It was absolutely wonderful to see her have a go at being part of the fire crew and use the hose to put out a pretend fire. It was especially an important thing for Nora as during the war, she did fire watch duty so it brought back memories that she could share with the fire crew."

Trevor Baddeley-Mills, Rock Cottage Care Home Activities Co coordinator

Crews were invited to visit a local nursing home in Brown Edge, Rock Cottage Nursery and Nursing home, on Friday May 4, where Leek Blue Watch were presented with a certificate of thanks for all the good work they and the Service have done for the community.

The crew, led by Watch Manager Jim Keegan, showed the children from the nursery around the fire appliance and let them have a go with the hose. Nursing home resident Nora Deakes, 98, also had a go at working the hose.

Norah Deakes aged 98 with firefighter Lewis Jones

Norah Deakes aged 98 with firefighter Lewis Jones

Afterwards the crew were invited into the nursing home for tea and cake with the elderly residents and they were presented with their certificate of recognition.

Station Manager Carl Mason said: “It was a real privilege for crews to be invited to the nursery and nursing home and they were very humbled to receive the certificate of thanks.

“Leek Community Fire Station is staffed by wholetime firefighters and retained firefighters who give up huge amounts of time to respond to incidents, either from home or their work place. All of our crews spend time working in the community to improve fire safety knowledge and encourage residents and businesses to take preventative measures to protect themselves.

“The crews carry out their role without the need for thanks or recognition, but this invite was gratefully received and they thoroughly enjoyed meeting the young and elderly residents alike.”

Aubree Edmondson aged 3 with firefighter Lewis Jones and Watch Manager Jim Keegan

Aubree Edmondson aged 3 with firefighter Lewis Jones and Watch Manager Jim Keegan

Trevor Baddeley-Mills, Rock Cottage Care Home Activities Co coordinator, said: “It was a pleasure to have crews from Leek Community Fire station visiting us. We offered the invitation out to them as it as Firefighters Memorial Day and we wanted to offer our thanks for their services to the community.

“It was an absolute pleasure to see our resident Nora Deakes engage with the firefighters and then have a personal tour of the truck. It was absolutely wonderful to see her have a go at being part of the fire crew and use the hose to put out a pretend fire.

L-R: Firefighter Lee Goodwin, WM Jim Keegan, Nursery Manager Tracey Haseldine, Nursery Nurse Kirsty Stark and Firefighter Tariq Khalil

L-R: Firefighter Lee Goodwin, WM Jim Keegan, Nursery Manager Tracey Haseldine, Nursery Nurse Kirsty Stark and Firefighter Tariq Khalil

“It was especially an important thing for Nora as during the war, she did fire watch duty so it brought back memories that she could share with the fire crew.

“We were also honoured to have them for tea and cake and the abundance of conversations they had with the residents was fantastic.

“It was a great honour to present the award of recognition from our residents to the fire crew.”