THERE literally was not one dry eye in the station when long-serving Bolton-based firefighter Mick Massey retired after more than 30 years with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
Mick, 53, who has served his entire career from Bolton North Community Fire Station in Crompton Way, received his official certificate from Deputy County Fire Officer Paul Argyle as colleagues, family and friends packed into the station to see his last parade on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Firefighter Mick Massey and Deputy County Fire Officer Paul Argyle
But it was extra-special and unexpected guest Finlay Collins who stole the show by walking into the ceremony to say an emotional farewell.
Mick saved Finlay’s life when he was hit by a car and a van as he crossed Crompton Way on his scooter close to the station. The family had kept in touch with their ‘hero’ but last time Mick had seen Finlay he was in a wheelchair and not expected to walk again.
He said: "It was very humbling. I wasn’t expecting to see Finlay at all....
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