Tributes to long-serving firefighter

Stephen Halliwell
Stephen Halliwell
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A firefighter who spent 30 years protecting residents across Lancashire has died.

Stephen Halliwell, 69, died on Sunday, just three months after being diagnosed with cancer in his lungs.

He joined Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service in 1964 and was based initially based at St Anne’s fire station.

He was following in the footsteps of his brother, David, who was a firefighter at the same station.

Stephen moved to Chorley fire station in 1966, before being promoted to leading fireman at Preston fire station in 1973.

He became sub-officer at the training centre in Euxton in 1974 and was promoted to station officer in 1978.

Stephen returned to Preston in 1984 as operational station officer and went back to Chorley as station commander in 1992.

One of the highlights of his career was receiving a commendation for bravery in 1991 after he saved two children from a house fire in Preston.

Stephen, who lived in Euxton, retired in 1994 after 30 years of service.

His daughter, Karen Holcroft, said: “He was very proud of his time in the fire service.”

During his retirement, he enjoyed annual holidays and weekends away.

He was also involved with fundraising activities to support Euxton Cricket Club.

Stephen is survived by his wife Jean, children Mark and Karen, son-in-law David, and six grandchildren.

Jean said: “He was very much into everything and had a very inquisitive mind, but electronic games and computers he loved.

“He needed to know how everything worked, with a wonderful mind full of knowledge with all the answers.”

The couple had recently enjoyed a two-week holiday.

But Stephen was admitted to hospital in January for two weeks due to complications from treatment.

He went home and died six days later, surrounded by his family.

Jean said: “The care of the health service, doctors, nurses, paramedics and the district nurses all were absolutely fantastic.

“Obviously I will miss him very much and many other people will too.”

A funeral will be held at 11am on Wednesday at Charnock Richard Crematorium.