“I think I’ve done my duty, I’m satisfied with all I have done in the fire service and for the service in Cork. I feel it is now time to bow out, take it easy for a bit and maybe push a few buggies for a while”: Third Officer Edward Buckley
After 42 years of service in the fire brigade, Cork City Fire Brigade said their farewell to one of their most cherished members and officers today.
Photo: (All Photos courtesy Kieran Minihane in Cork)
Third Officer on Blue Watch, Edward (Eddie) Buckley hung up his helmet for the final time as firefighters gathered to wish him well during a Standing-down parade at 1800hrs yesterday.
Eddie started in the fire service forty-two years ago and was stationed at Blackpool, Anglesea Street, Ballavallan and many other stations.
Speaking to Declan Keogh at Emergency Times yesterday afternoon, Eddie said leaving the fire service is a very emotional time and at the age of 64, he could have gone on for another year but he feels is satisfied with all he has done in the fire service and for the service.
“Working in the fire service has changed dramatically over the years, and we have had to move with and change with the way society lives today. We work very closely with the tremendous people in the ambulance service and we have done a lot of inter-agency work with them and the gardai”.
Photo: (Eddie with members of NAS in Cork)
Third Officer Buckley began his career in Blackpool, Anglesa Street, Ballavallan.
Eddie regards the people in the fire service as a second family in may respects and aside from the comradery among the firefighters, there have been difficult times too. “Dealing with serious or stressful incidents years ago was much different than now. Years ago, you had to face the worst emotions during and after an incident on your own more or less. After the call, you went back to the station with your crew, and ye might have a little cry on your own but you got on with it, and in some cases you might end up bringing the problem home with you, but today, thankfully for everyone there is a mechanism in place for dealing with critical or stressful incidents”.
When asked what are his plans for his retirement, he laughs and says he is also being committed to a number of jobs. “I have plenty to do, as we speak, my wife has a list of jobs for me to do and my six grandchildren will no doubt keep me busy but I am looking forward to it. I’ve had a wonderful career; I’ve worked with some wonderful people”.
Photo: (Eddie Buckley with his family)
EmergencyTimes.com will have a special feature on the career and achievement of Third Officer Eddie Buckley in the coming weeks and we wish Eddie well in his retirement.
We want to thank Kieran Minihane in Cork for the excellent photographs.