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Three Wick firefighters receive retirement gifts


By John Davidson

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Richard Mackay, seen in Wick Fire Station on his last day in uniform, retired after 42 years with the fire service at Wick. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Richard Mackay, seen in Wick Fire Station on his last day in uniform, retired after 42 years with the fire service at Wick. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

Three firefighters have had their retirements from the service marked with special presentations.

Richard Mackay retired from the Wick crew at the end of December, after 42 years in the local service.

Richard, a plumber by trade, joined the service on September 4, 1978, becoming a leading fire fighter in 1993 and then crew manager.

Ian Swanson and Mervyn Hill retired in October 2019, but their belated planned presentations were scuppered by Covid-19 restrictions.

Instead, the watch commander and crew commanders visited the pair for a distanced handover of gifts in December.

Mervyn, who along with his wife runs the Nethercliffe Hotel, served for almost 36 years, while Ian, a self employed joiner, served as a firefighter for 29 years.

Pictures: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios



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