An ex-firefighter has been given an honorary plaque and badge from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service upon turning 90 last week. Jack Allen was presented with a special certificate, card and veteran’s badge on his birthday last Tuesday (January 11) by Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber at Jack’s home in Cheadle.
An ex-firefighter has been given an honorary plaque and badge from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service upon turning 90 last week.
Jack Allen was presented with a special certificate, card and veteran’s badge on his birthday last Tuesday (January 11) by Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber at Jack’s home in Cheadle.
Mr Allen had worked at Cheadle Community Fire Station on Ashbourne Road for more than 15 years, and still lives nearby to this day.
Daughter Barbara told the Times & Echo how the visit of the fire service was the highlight of his birthday.
“He didn’t know anything about it, my son had contacted the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and they were absolutely brilliant,” she said.
“It made my dad’s day, it was lovely, really nice.”
She recounted how her father became involved with the fire service.
Barbara explained: “Someone said to him, because he lived next door to it, that he should join the fire service.
“In those days just had a bell in the bedroom and that was the only way of calling them to a fire. We had the bell behind the curtain and it went off at all times, so all the house woke up if there was a call in the middle of the night.”
Mr Allen and wife Marian met in Trentham when he was 19 and they have now been married for 71 years.
Mrs Allen worked for the ambulance service so they would often find themselves at the same job.
Barbara explained how there were some tough incidents Mr Allen had to deal with as a firefighter, as did Mrs Allen too in her role, but the comradery of the service was something he valued.
“He told the fire officer that he really did enjoy his time in the fire service,” Barbara added.
Mr and Mrs Allen, who are both fighting Parkinson’s and dementia battles respectively, today have three children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
“I’m really proud of him,” Barbara said. “I think the older you get the more you appreciate what they’ve done.”
Officer Barber paid tribute to Mr Allen, saying: “I was delighted to be able to spend some time with Jack, reminiscing about his time in the service and talking about what he enjoyed back when he donned his firefighter helmet.
“He loved his time in our service and it was so nice to be able to speak to him about his experiences.
“It was lovely to hear from Jack and meet his family and I hope the visit brought back some great memories for him.”
At the family’s request, Chief Officer Barber removed his Covid mask in order to speak to Jack, who is sometimes hard of hearing. Officer Barber also completed a lateral flow test, which was negative, prior to carrying out the visit.
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