Fire service replaces stolen medals


The wife of former County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) Sub Officer, Linda Heath was heartbroken when sentimental service medals belonging to her late husband, Ian Heath were stolen from the family home. CDDFRS organised for the medals to be replaced and presented them to her and the family earlier this week.

Ian Heath started his career with CDDFRS in 1979 as a Firefighter and retired as a Sub Officer in 2003. Sadly, Mr Heath recently passed away but it’s clear the passion for the service runs deep in the family with his brother Chris now retired, son Craig and son in law Lee, serving as on call crew managers and grandson Dylan, a fire cadet at Seaham Fire Station. 

Earlier this year the Heath family home was burgled with the thieves taking many possessions including Mr Heath’s service medals, which were of great sentimental value to Mrs Heath and the rest of the family. CDDFRS had arranged to replace the medals which were presented to the family earlier this week at Seaham Fire Station.

Chief Fire Officer Stuart Errington said “A fire service career is unlike any other, you really do become part of a big extended family which becomes a way of life. We value every member of our fire family, past and present and were absolutely devastated for the Heath family when we found out Ian’s medals had been stolen. We know the new medals will never be able to replace the originals, but hopefully they can provide some comfort to Mrs Heath and the rest of the family”.