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Service for fallen firefighters

National Firefighters Monument
The monument was unveiled in May last year

Firefighters who have been killed in service have been remembered at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Fire Minister Sadiq Khan laid a wreath in their memory during a service at the National Firefighters Monument.

The minister also paid tribute to the work of the fire and rescue service across the UK.

Mr Khan said the service played a vital role "protecting our communities, day in, day out, with its customary skill and professionalism".

The Sunday service was organised by the Firefighters Memorial Trust at the monument which was unveiled last May.

Mr Khan told those gathered it was "an honour" to lay a wreath on behalf of the government in memory of those who had given their lives helping others.

'Inspirational' work

"The fire and rescue service rightly holds the respect and trust of the people it serves with such dedication and commitment," he said.

"My personal thanks go to all firefighters, everywhere, for keeping our communities safe from harm and for their example as inspirational public servants."

He also paid tribute to the Firefighters Memorial Trust for its work in ensuring those who had died were not forgotten.

Peter Dartford, chief fire officer at Staffordshire fire service, laid a wreath to honour on behalf of firefighters across the country.



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