Kevin Joined the Fire Service in 1963, he started his career at Park Street. He spent much of his time in Gipton but also served in Moortown. Kevin received a special Chief Fire Officers Commendation on June 27th 1985 for fighting a serious chip pan fire in Newton Park Court, Potternewton. The attending firefighters worked in zero visibility to rescue five people.
Kevin also received his fire service long service medal at the West Yorkshire Fire Brigades 10th annual review for 20yrs dedicated service. He received it from the Lord Mayor.
Kevin was also involved in various fund raising activities for local charities. On November 4th 1987, firefighters fund raised for the opening of Martin House, a brand new children’s charity in Leeds. They collected jumble, had cycling tag teams, raffles, fire engine tours and collection buckets amongst other things. They collected the grand total of £2792.78.
He also fundraised for Rebecca Quinn aged 6, who was profoundly deaf, her father was a firefighter. They managed to collect £600 to aid her getting treatment in America. One of the fundraising activities was with Peter Buckland to leave Gipton with £5 in their pocket and the challenge was to get to Iceland to meet the fire officers in Reykjavik. They met the Icelandic prime minister and handed her a framed picture of the York Minister fire.
The cheque was handed over at Moortown Social club to Peter Bagnall.
West Yorkshire fire Service 1985. Chief officers fire commendation.
Framed picture of Kevin joined in 63’ started off in Park Street. 20 year commendation picture with handshake and the Lord Mayor.
November 4th 1987. Fire service cheque for Yorkshire bank. Opening of Martin House hospice for children 1985, collected jumble, cycling tag team, raffles, fire engines and collection buckets, sounding the sirens.
24th October 1985. Black and white pic for Mr Quinn and the firefighting service did a fundraising event to send Rebecca Quinn aged 6 at the time to America, as she was profoundly deaf.
Joined April 3rd 1963 retired 1991
2 yrs at Park street, Idle, Rothwell, (2) Hunslet but Gipton was his main station and he retired here.