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Fire and rescue service remembers colleagues
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 19th July 2013 at 13:18

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has unveiled a new memorial in commemoration of colleagues who have passed away whilst working for the Service. The memorial is at the Service's Headquarters in Washington, Sunderland, and available for families, friends and colleagues to remember their loved ones and former colleagues. A memorial stone has been donated by O'Brien's Reclamation Yard in Boldon. The names of the staff who sadly lost their lives whilst working at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be commemorated with their names appearing on plaques at the base of the memorial. Deputy Chief Fire Officer, John Hindmarch, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service unveiled the memorial and the Canon Provost, Sunderland Minster Sheila Bamber read out a prayer in dedication to the memorial. The High Sheriff, George Scott attended, along with staff from the Service. Reverend Simon Cake, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's Chaplain said: "There is a national memorial for firefighters, however 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 quietly pay their respects and have some personal time to think about their loved ones and colleagues. Deputy Chief Fire Officer, John Hindmarch, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service 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 and I hope it brings some comfort to those who feel the loss." Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Cllr Tom Wright 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 to the Service.”
 Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=68775...

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