A MEMORIAL honouring firefighters who have died serving their community has been unveiled in Washington.
The stone, at Tyne and Wear Fire And Rescue Service headquarters, bears the names of fallen colleagues and will be a place for friends and loved ones to remember them.
Deputy chief fire officer John Hindmarch unveiled the memorial and the Canon Provost of Sunderland Minster, Sheila Bamber, said a prayer.
Mr Hindmarch said: “Thankfully, we don’t lose many of our colleagues.
“However, when we do, it is felt by everyone across the service.”
The service’s chaplain, The Reverend Simon Cake, said: “There is a national memorial for firefighters,
“However, we were keen to have something more local and accessible that commemorates the whole Tyne and Wear family. It’s in an area where families, friends and colleagues can visit and quietly pay their respects.”