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City comes to a standstill to honour firefighter

posted 23 Jul 2009, 03:14 by David Rintoul   [ updated 31 Oct 2009, 12:01 ]

The floral tributes were piled outside Tollcross fire station in Edinburgh as 15 black-clad firefighters stood to attention in the pouring rain.

About 200 members of the public gathered as John Dickie, area manager of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, walked out to the sound of a lone piper yesterday afternoon.

Then came a hearse decked with flowers, followed by the fire engine bearing the coffin of Ewan Williamson, the first member of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service in living memory to die while tackling a blaze.

The coffin was draped in a red fire service flag, with a bright yellow helmet placed poignantly on top, next to lilies.

Faces set against the rain, four men – the 35-year-old's colleagues, members of the Green Watch of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service – stood sentry, riding with their fallen comrade on his final journey.


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