Stepping into his dad’s boots
LOTS of young boys grow up wanting to follow in their father’s footsteps and if your dad is a firefighter that’s even more of a reason – but there’s one thing making Rhys Claydon and dad Richard’s bond more special.
A PROUD son is following in his father’s footsteps – the Borough Commander for Hillingdon – by starting out as a firefighter at the exact same station.
One of the nine new trainee firefighters, who passed out from their firefighter development course at the end of February, shared more than just a surname with the senior officer who presented his certificate.
Twenty-one year-old Rhys Claydon received his certificate and welcoming speech from the officiating officer, his father Richard Claydon, who is the borough commander for Hillingdon, during the passing out ceremony at Harrow Training Centre.
The new recruit said: “I’ve wanted to be a firefighter for as long as I can remember, ever since I was four or five.”
It was a very proud moment for both father and son with Rhys not only following his dad into the brigade but he has also been posted to the same station, Wembley, that Richard was first posted to nearly 30 years ago.
Richard, who became Hillingdon’s borough commander in June 2015, said: “I can retire in September after 30 years in the London Fire Brigade and I’m so proud to be able to serve with my son.
“I’m delighted that he’s started at Wembley where my career began.”
n CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Rhys Claydon with proud parents Karen and Richard receiving his certificate