Firefighters honoured for years of service
THREE OF Greystones’ fine firefighters were honoured for their many years of service at a ceremony at the town’s fire station last Friday evening.
Derek Archer, who has retired after 30 years of service and was presented with a crystal vase, was joined by his brother Robin Archer, and their colleague Seán Linton. Seán and Robin also received presentations of inscribed ornaments.
They were congratulated by station manager Cliff Evans, who paid tribute to the hard work and expertise of the three men.
Derek, who retired at the end of November and will concentrate on golf, was the stations longest-serving member. ‘ I do miss Derek being on the crew,’ said Robin, who said that his brother was a great help to him in his early years as a fireman. ‘We have all seen some horrific things over the years,’ said Robin, recalling both lives saved and, sadly, some tragedy too. As well as attending fires, the three men would have dealt with road traffic accidents and other incidents.
‘ There is nothing worse than seeing kids hurt in an accident,’ said Robin.
‘But we have the best gear in the world for dealing with such incidents.’
The brave men were then applauded loudly by all of their colleagues in Greystones Fire Station who have served alongside them over the last three decades.
The Greystones firemen receive their service medals at their Christmas party in Diva’s restaurant. Back: Ken Gray, Anto Byrne, Ray Salmon, Ciaran Hayden and Willy Byrne. Front: Robin Archer, Cliff Evans, Derek Archer and Sean Linton.