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Memorial stone for firefighters lost in service

REMEMBERING HEROES ... Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Hindmarch with the memorial stone.

REMEMBERING HEROES ... Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Hindmarch with the memorial stone.

FIREfighters who have lost their lives while working for the service have been honoured with a memorial.

The stone used in the tribute was donated by Boldon firm O’Brien’s, which has a reclamation yard off Cleadon Lane.

At its base, there will be plaques featuring the names of those who have died while employed by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Family, friends and colleagues can visit the memorial, which is at the fire service headquarters in Washington, to pay their respects.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Hindmarch unveiled the memorial and the Canon Provost, Sunderland Minster Sheila Bamber, read out a prayer in dedication to the memorial.

The High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, George Scott, attended, along with service staff.

The Rev Simon Cake, the service’s chaplain said: “There is a national memorial for firefighters, but we were keen to have something more local and accessible that commemorates the whole Tyne and Wear family.

“It’s in an area where families, friends and colleagues can visit and pay their respects, and have some personal time to think about their loved ones and colleagues.

Mr Hindmarch said: “Thankfully, we don’t lose many of our colleagues. However, when we do it is felt by everyone across the service.

“It is a real honour to unveil this plaque as a tribute to our colleagues and friends. I hope it brings some comfort to those who feel the loss.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority member, Coun Joanne Bell, representing Boldon Colliery ward, said: “To lose someone you are close to is very, very sad.

“I am sure staff, friends and the families of those affected will value this memorial to them, which also acknowledges the contribution they have made.”

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