Fireman Rich takes care of Fleur’s memorial

Published on: 12 Aug 2015

Firefighter Rich Iles makes sure Fleur Lombard’s memorial in Staple Hill is looking its best

A KIND-HEARTED firefighter is making good use of his engine when it’s not in action putting out fires.
Watch manager Rich Iles pulls his vehicle up alongside Fleur Lombard’s memorial in Staple Hill and uses the hose to make sure the plants get a good soaking in the hot weather.
Mr Iles, of Kingswood Fire Station’s Red Watch, said: “About 18 months ago the memorial looked really tatty and it was a bit embarrassing,” he said.
“I said I would take it on and put some plants in. It’s easier to keep them watered if I use the fire hose!
“I spoke to Fleur’s parents at the recent opening of Fleur’s Wing at the Tynings School and told them about it and they were really pleased.”
The memorial, in Broad Street, honours Ms Lombard, the first female firefighter to die on duty in peacetime Britain.  Fleur was just 21 when she died tackling a ferocious fire at Leo’s supermarket.
She was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal and Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation in recognition of her bravery.
The fire was started deliberately by security guard Martin Cody. He received a prison sentence of seven-and-a-half years for manslaughter and arson.

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