Geoff, John rewarded for long fire service

Front left: Geoff Hand and John Michel with divisional commander Andy Whitfield, firefighters Les Brown, Start Martin, Paul Haslam, Wayne Paddison, Steve Critten, crew manager Steve Hannibal and watch manager Simon Hewitt.

Front left: Geoff Hand and John Michel with divisional commander Andy Whitfield, firefighters Les Brown, Start Martin, Paul Haslam, Wayne Paddison, Steve Critten, crew manager Steve Hannibal and watch manager Simon Hewitt.

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A PRESENTATION to commemorate the retirement of a long-serving firefighter has been held during a barbecue at Caistor Fire Station.

Sixty five-year-old Geoff Hand – who joined the fire service 27 years ago and spent 13 years as a leading firefighter – was presented with a statue and an axe on a plaque.

Geoff will now spend more time on his hobbies of attending and taking part in ploughing matches and spending time with his motorcycles.

He said: “I have met many people and made many friends over the years and I like to think I’ve put something back into the community during my time in the service.”

John Michel – who is not a firefighter but has been a member of Caistor Fire Station for 47 years – was also presented with a statue and a plaque.

John, who is moving to Norfolk, has seen out five chief fire officers, countless station officers and at least six sub-officers, making him the longest non-serving member of Caistor’s crew.

Watch manager Simon Hewitt said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank John, on behalf of myself and the crew, for his loyalty and assistance over the years.

“He is truly missed on drill nights.”