firefighter gets award for 43 years of front-line service
Burnham-On-Sea firefighter has this week been presented with a
long-service award for his 43 years of front-line work.
Solomon was presented with a meritorious medal and certificate
by Devon and Somerset Fire Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Glenn Askew at Burnham Fire Station.
joined the service in 1973 and is believed to be Somerset's longest
serving firefighter, having served in Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater,
Yeovil and Taunton.
said: "I have known Dick for many years - he's one of very
few firefighters to have served this long."
has given us 43 years of meritorious service and has a huge amount
of knowledge and expertise for which we're grateful."
added: "Being a firefighter is a great role in our community."
still find it exciting after 43 years and am very fortunate to
have been able to save several lives over the years."
attended thousands of incidents over the years, he has tackled
house fires, rescued motorists after crashes, and dealt with many
that sticks in my mind was in 1987 when a serious house fire occurred
in Market Street in Highbridge," he says.
carried three children down a ladder to safety, but tragically
four children died - it was a very emotional day that will stay
also was among the fire crews who attended the M5 motorway crash
near Taunton five years ago which he says was such a terrible
Dick, who says he has no plans to retire soon, received his award
on Wednesday night (November 9th) in front of fellow firefighters
at Burnham-On-Sea fire station