Dave hangs up his kit

PUBLISHED: 01:01 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 June 2010

An Exmouth firefighter has hung up his boots and helmet for the last time, retiring after 28 years in the service. Dave Hilton joined the fire service in 1977 as a retained firefighter when it was known as Devon Fire and Rescue Service. The fresh-faced r

An Exmouth firefighter has hung up his boots and helmet for the last time, retiring after 28 years in the service.Dave Hilton joined the fire service in 1977 as a retained firefighter when it was known as Devon Fire and Rescue Service. The fresh-faced recruit went on to become a full-time firefighter in June 1979, and served on watches in Plymouth, and latterly Red Watch in Exmouth.Exmouth fire station group commander Mike White, who joined the service at the same time as Mr Hilton, said: "Dave has been totally committed to the fire service throughout his career, which has seen him joining the retained crew and serving the people of Topsham. He enjoyed being a firefighter and serving the community."In his last year he managed to get a Chief Fire Officer commendation for helping to rescue five people from a fire at Camperdown Terrace."We wish him well in his retirement and hope he stays in touch."Mr Hilton's retirement was marked by a ho-down party at the Liverton Business Park fire station - which was transformed for the night into a barn dance venue.Mr Hilton was presented with the traditional firefighter's axe.His watch commander Stefan Clark handed over a spade ready for Mr Hilton's new hobby - his allotment, which he plans to tend when he is not playing golf.

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