Fire­fight­ers hon­oured for years of ser­vice

Bray People - - News -

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.

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