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A FIREFIGHTER has been awarded a medal for 20 years of service. Kenneth Bignold, 45 of Crofton Ave

PUBLISHED: 14:05 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 25 August 2010

A FIREFIGHTER has been awarded a medal for 20 years of service. Kenneth Bignold, 45 of Crofton Avenue, Bexley, is the longest serving firefighter at Lewisham Fire Station.

A FIREFIGHTER has been awarded a medal for 20 years of service.

Kenneth Bignold, 45 of Crofton Avenue, Bexley, is the longest serving firefighter at Lewisham Fire Station.

The father of one joined the Brigade in 1989 after a change in career having come from the building trade.

He was presented with a medal for 20 years service in the London Fire Brigade by the Brigade's Commissioner, Ron Dobson last month.

He said: "A friend of mine had joined the Brigade so I decided to give it a go. In the early days I was told unless I got my hair cut I'd be sacked within an hour so I had to get myself down to the barbers straight away! It was a level of discipline I wasn't used to, having worked in the building trade."

Mr Bignold is also part of one of the Brigade's Urban Search and Rescue teams which specialize in the location and rescue of casualties trapped in confined spaces.

He said: "I've enjoyed my career immensely. I love being able to help people and it's nice to get some respect for what I do from members of the public. I also enjoy working in Lewisham.

"It's a diverse area and there's always plenty going on".

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