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Herts chief fire officer takes part in 9/11 memorial run

By Herts & Essex Observer  |  Posted: July 25, 2013

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HERTS Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher has taken part in a 5km run in memory of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11 and in London on July 7, 2005.

Also taking part in the Tunnel 2 Towers Run (T2T) London 2013 were Assistant Chief Officer Darryl Keen, who performed the ceremonial duties, and 10 Herts Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) volunteers who helped the organisers.

T2T London is organised by the London Fire Brigade and was inspired by the New York T2T Run held in memory of Firefighter Stephen Siller, who was one of 343 firefighters who lost their lives when the Twin Towers collapsed in 2001. The run also remembers those affected by the events of 7/7 in London.

Herts' community fire safety volunteers marshalled the event on mountain bikes and helped with general duties, such as escorting runners and offering assistance to injured competitors. Herts’ FireBike was also there, following behind the runners alongside two volunteer Community Horse Patrol (CHiPs) riders on horses.

Mr Wilsher said: “The event was a huge success and I would personally like to thank all of the HFRS volunteers involved for taking the time to help and for representing the service so well. We have so far raised £255 for the Firefighters Charity, a very worthwhile cause.”

The run on sunday, July 21, went from Bermondsey through the Rotherhithe Tunnel to Billingsgate Market.

Mr Wilsher added: “The course was a little longer than the 5km advertised, but given that I had actually completed some training and it was a little cooler than recent weeks, it was not too bad. I have a great deal of admiration though for the participants with disabilities and all those who ran in full uniform.”

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