PAUL LILLYCROP BEM
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.”