LONG-serving fireman Richard Nurton has retired after more than 30 years serving Nether Stowey and the surrounding communities.
Mr Nurton joined the village’s fire brigade in June, 1993, following what he said was his ‘boyhood dream’.
Since then, he has served his local community by attending all sorts of call-outs, ranging from animal rescues to car crashes, property fires, barn fires, hill fires, and more.
As a fire brigade co-responder also, Mr Nurton has had to handle many ‘difficult situations’ over the years.
A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue (DSFR) said: “His dedication to all the surrounding villages has meant at the time of someone’s needs, Rich has responded to your needs whether it is medical or fires.
“He has put you all first.
“Now, it is time for us to thank him for his hard work, dedication, and commitment, with the retirement he deserves, to spend some quality time for himself and his family.
“From everyone at the fire station thank you for your time served, commitment, and 30 years’ service.
“You will be missed, good luck for the future, your time is now served.”
Firefighters from the next nearest West Somerset fire station, in Williton, travelled to Nether Stowey to attend a presentation evening for Mr Nurton.
He received a mounted fireman’s axe and was also presented by DSFR group commander Simon Young with a framed certificate of long service and a shield.