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Medal honour for dedicated firefighter

PUBLISHED: 15:55 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:08 12 August 2010

A FIREFIGHTER who responded to two IRA attacks during his career has been presented with a medal for long service and good conduct.

A FIREFIGHTER who responded to two IRA attacks during his career has been presented with a medal for long service and good conduct.

Crew manager Len Molloy, who works on the Blue Watch at the Biggin Hill fire station was handed the medal by the Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, Ron Dobson for service since 1988.

Mr Molloy, 46, who lives in Hayes, remembers major incidents including an IRA bomb at St Mary Axe (where the Gherkin building now stands) in 1992 and another at Canary Wharf.

He said: "It was awful, we had to look for bodies and search buildings to make sure there was no one stuck inside. I'd never seen anything like it."

But the dad-of-four, who joined the London Fire Brigade after six years military service for the RAF, said that he loves his job.

He added: "I get a real buzz out of going out on 'shouts' and I love not knowing what each day will bring.

"It's is a great job, I'd definitely recommend it as a career to youngsters.

"I love being a firefighter but I definitely couldn't have done it without the support of my wife and family.


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