A Veteran has enjoyed a trip down memory lane during a special visit to one of the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue stations that he served at more than seventy years ago.
George Simms, who is 96-years-old, visited Whitehill Community Fire Station yesterday (Monday 24th February) where he ended his fire service career back in 1973.
To mark the special occasion, the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum arranged for fire engines, uniforms and photographs from George’s era in the service to be at the station.
During the 25 year period that George served his community as a firefighter, he tackled several challenging incidents, and in 1964 George was commended by Stockport Corporation for an incident where he rescued a woman from a house fire.
George was welcomed to Whitehill by Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Leon Parkes, Station Manager Mat Rooney and Green Watch from GMFRS.
His son Alan and friend Ken Brotherhood also accompanied him on the visit.
Speaking at the event, George said:
“It’s so lovely to be back at the fire station I served at over 70 years ago.
“I cherish memories of my whole career, including serving as a firefighter for the fire service and helping to keep members of my local community safe.”
ACFO Parkes said:
“Today has been wonderful for everyone involved. Inviting George back to the station he served at for many years has been a very special moment for both him and his family.
“It was our pleasure to welcome him back and give him a chance to look at how the service has developed over the last 70 years.
“It was especially nice to be able to bring some equipment and vehicles that he would have used all that time ago for him to see.”
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