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Firefighters invited to honour Jeff
2:05pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in News
Retired firefighters are being invited to attend a ceremony in honour of a former colleague.
Jeff Naylor suffered extensive burns when he and fellow crew members battled to rescue five children from a burning home in Ingrow, Keighley, in 1983. He died in hospital ten weeks later.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the tragedy, a fire appliance at the Keighley station is to be named after Mr Naylor.
And the April 27 event, which starts at 2pm at the Bradford Road station, will include an address by West Yorkshire chief fire officer Simon Pilling and a recitation of the fireman’s prayer.
Station commander Andy Newman said: “We’ve had contact with some retired firefighters, who will be coming along, but there are a lot of others out there and we want to give them the opportunity.
“I would ask anyone wishing to attend to contact our station clerk, on (01535) 607401, Tuesdays or Thursdays.”
Mr Maylor, who was 31, was the last firefighter to die on duty in West Yorkshire. He was posthumously awarded the Queen's commendation for bravery.