FIREMAN Andrew Radley enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter so much he signed up full time.
And, after 18 years on call as a retained firefighter at Skelmanthorpe, Andrew was snapped up by Bradford.
But despite moving on to a permanent role, the Skelmanthorpe dad, 42, refused to give up his on-call duties in his home village and continues to work shifts at both stations.
Two years on he has now celebrated 20 years of service and has been honoured with a long-service award.
Fighting fires is very much in Andrew’s blood as his dad, granddad and brother have all manned the pumps of the village fire engines.
His dad did a total of 37 years, eventually becoming station manager and was honoured with the MBE for his services.
Andrew, said he was very proud of his award and had many fond memories of rescues around the region especially one where he received a commendation for his bravery.
He said: “We rescued an old lady in the gale force winds of 1990.
“The side of her house had blown in and she was hiding under the bed.
“She was in her 80s and she survived so that’s very satisfying.”
The former textile worker does roughly 70 hours a week at his two West Yorkshire Fire roles but said he had no plans to give up his volunteer job.
He said: “It’s a big commitment and a big sacrifice for my family.
“When you’re on call you can’t take your kids out in case you have to rush off.
“But round here people know you because you live in the village so it’s worth it in the end if you can save someone local.”