Firefighters give a helmet to Kingsland station’s keenest admirer
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A man who has been visiting Kingsland fire station for more than 40 years was given a signed helmet by big-hearted crew members.
Danny Caine, 51, of Whiston Road, has been visiting the station in Kingsland Road since he was a child and has become good friends with many serving firefighters during that time.
He said: “I’ve been coming for 45 years. I’ve wanted to be a firefighter since I was young. It’s the only job I’ve ever wanted. When teachers asked, I said I wanted to be a fireman. I was 12 at the time. Instead they found me a job in the rag trade.
“When the weather’s nice, I go every day.
“I’m distressed. I don’t want it to close. What can you do? We can’t win. This government won’t give in to anybody. They don’t care about people’s rights.
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Former Kingsland firefighter Ken Kay, 67, who served at the station for 16 years, said: “I remember him from 35 years ago. He was a schoolchild when I first met him. Even as a child he would run outside the station.
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“Everybody who has come to the station has taken to Danny. Every time we had a job, he would run after the engines. He would come and have supper with us and would stay till 10 or 11pm.”