Veteran fireman launches book

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A FORMER fireman who gave 30 years to saving others has signed copies of his book 
dedicated to the nation’s firefighters.

Arthur Lockyear, originally from Seaham, who now lives in Durham City, signed copies of his book, Warriors in Fire Boots, at Waterstones in Durham on Saturday.

Arthur said: “The book tells the stories of some of the countless men and women who have given their efforts, their courage and all too frequently, their lives in aid of fighting fires and includes a number of stories of firefighter and police heroism in the North East.”

The book tells of how firefighters have battled the flames since Victorian times, when James Braidwood, known as “the Father of Firefighting”, brought discipline and innovation to his duties as the first chief fire officer of London.

The book gives accounts of the challenges faced during the Second World War with the Blitz.

Arthur said: “It pays tribute to the dedication and everyday bravery of fire service members.”