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Leek firefighter retires in style after 30 years service

01/09/2017

Paul with wife Sue and the surprise Ferrari
Paul with wife Sue and the surprise Ferrari

A Leek firefighter enjoyed a stylish surprise from his watch on his last day with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“It was a day of mixed emotions saying farewell to Paul, we’re really sad to see him go but we wish him a happy retirement spending all his time doing the things he loves."

Station Manager Carl Mason

Paul Burton, Watch Manager for Orange Watch at Leek Community Fire Station, retired on Thursday August 31 after over 30 years of service.

Station Manager Carl Mason presented Paul with a certificate of service and a commemorative firefighter’s axe.

The highlight of Paul’s last day was being taken for a spin in a Ferrari, an experience he was thrilled with as a passionate car enthusiast.

The memorable journey was arranged by his watch, who worked with his wife Sue to arrange the special farewell surprise. They also pooled together to present Paul with a Ferrari driving day experience gift certificate.

Paul said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the service. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and will take away a lot of good memories and experiences that I will always treasure.”

Paul plans to spend more quality time with his family as well as indulging in a few of his passions, which include flying, cars and travelling.

Paul with Station Manager Carl Mason

Station Manager Carl Mason said: “It was a day of mixed emotions saying farewell to Paul, we’re really sad to see him go but we wish him a happy retirement spending all his time doing the things he loves.

“Paul loves flying and cars. His watch couldn’t quite stretch to hiring a plane! So they came up with the idea of arranging for a Ferrari to pick Paul up and take him for a drive before dropping him off at the station for his last drill night with us.

“Paul has been an absolute asset to the Service and has dedicated so much of his life to his role. He will be sadly missed by all but I’m sure we’ll keep in touch.”