FIREMEN provided a guard of honour at St Paul's RC Church, Cleckheaton, at the funeral of West Yorkshire's first Chief Fire Officer.
Kevin Horan had died in Dewsbury Hospital aged 78.
Mr Horan, who became chief officer of the former West Riding County Fire Service in 1972, became chief officer of West Yorkshire in 1974 on local government reorganisation.
The move saw the merger of the former Huddersfield, Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Dewsbury and Halifax brigades, as well as part of the West Riding service.
Mr Horan was born in Rossendale, Lancashire, and served in the RAF Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War.
He joined the West Riding Fire Service at Todmorden in 1948. He also served at Keighley, Mexborough, Goole and Pontefract.
Mr Horan was a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and its president in 1966/1967. He was national chairman of the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund in 1982.
He also served on a Health and Safety Executive advice group.
Cremation was at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium.
Mr Horan, who lived in Cleckheaton, was a keen gardener. He leaves a wife, Marie, and children Andrew, Louise and Christopher.
He was a former member of Cleckheaton Rotary and Cleckheaton Probus clubs.