fireman to retire after 43 years of front-line service
Burnham-On-Sea firefighter is set to retire this month after 43
years of front-line work that has made him the region's longest-serving
Solomon - who was presented with a meritorious medal for his work
last month by Devon and Somerset Fire Service Assistant Chief
Fire Officer Glenn Askew - will retire at the end of December.
63, joined the service in 1973 and is Somerset's longest serving
firefighter, having worked in Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater, Yeovil
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Leaving is a difficult decision
- I've really enjoyed serving in the fire service over the past
43 years but I'm getting older and now's the right time to go."
a fireman has been such a worthwhile role - you get such satisfaction
from saving lives and making a difference. It's a job I love and
there's never been a day where I feel I don't want to do it any
Askew, right, said: "I have known Dick for many years - he's
one of very few firefighters to have served this long. He has
given us 43 years of meritorious service and has a huge amount
of knowledge and expertise for which we're grateful."
Fire Station Officer Ian Hazelton added: "Dick will be hugely
missed. He has had a big presence here and has a huge amount of
is the only serving fireman to have served at Burnham-On-Sea's
original fire station in Princess Street. The current Princess
Theatre was formally the fire station before it was completely
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. "I carried
three children down a ladder to safety, but tragically four children
died - it was a very emotional day that will stay with me."
was also among the crews that attended the M5 motorway crash near
Taunton five years ago.
Solomon with fellow firefighters at Burnham-On-Sea fire station
Solomon receiving his long-service award in November