Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS -

PAUL Ed­ward Lil­ly­crop who was for­merly Watch Com­man­der in Buck­ing­hamshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice has re­ceived a Britsh Em­pire Medal for ser­vices to Fire and Res­cue.

Mr Lil­ly­crop, who was based at Amer­sham fire sta­tion, is thought to be one of the UK’s long­est stand­ing fire­fight­ers af­ter serv­ing 47 years.

He re­tired in May last year at the age of 65.

Mr Lil­ly­crop, of Acres End, Amer­sham, started at the fire sta­tion when he was 18 years old.

He went to Raans County Se­condary School in Amer­sham and when he went to work at Flack’s Garage in White Lion Road, he was in­spired to join the fire brigade as his boss was an on-call fire­fighter.

Re­call­ing his time in the ser­vice, Mr Lil­ly­crop said: “One of my most mem­o­rable events was the first event that I went to, which was a fur­ni­ture fac­tory fire in Winch­more Hill.

“I won­dered what I had let my­self in for.”

When asked about the achieve­ment of be­ing one of the long­est-stand­ing fire of­fi­cers in the coun­try, Mr Lil­ly­crop said: “I am very proud of that, it is a big thing.”

He added: “I have loved ev­ery minute of it and I would rec­om­mend a ca­reer in the fire ser­vice.”

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