Dunbar’s fire chief Kevin Blair, who has retired after 33 years service, said it was a “great honour” to be awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.
During his career, the 55-year-old married dad-of-three rose through the ranks at the town’s fire station to watch manager.
He was involved in some of the area’s major blazes, including those that destroyed Dunbar Parish Church and the former Bellevue Hotel.
His crew also made worldwide headlines when they managed to rescue a new born kitten which fell down a four inch pipe at a Dunbar house. Its mum slipped up the side of the dishwasher to have her litter under the kitchen sink.
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