Step­ping into his dad’s boots

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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