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St Helens fire crews silent tribute to colleague David Thomas who was 'courageous to the last'
FIREFIGHTERS stood in respectful silence in salute to one of their colleagues who has died from cancer at the age of 50.
The funeral cortege for Dave Thomas was led by a fire engine which stopped opposite Parr Stocks Fire Station for a few minutes while firefighters paid their respects.
It was a poignant final journey to the station where he began his career.
Colleagues stood in contemplation on a cold January morning, remembering a highly regarded and respected colleague.
It was a dignified farewell for a firefighter who had been in the service for 30 years and worked at stations across St Helens and Merseyside.
He ended his career as watch manager at Parr.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan, said: “Dave was a well respected officer and courageous to the last.
“I have fond memories of Dave from his time in the service.
“He will be well remembered by his colleagues and the public for the contribution that he made to the service and the communities that he served.”
The 50-year-old died earlier this month after following an eight-month battle with bowel cancer.
His funeral service was held at St Helens Crematorium, followed by burial at Newton Cemetery.