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Tributes to the Lancashire fireman who saved two children

Firefighter Stephen Halliwell

Firefighter Stephen Halliwell

A firefighter who spent 30 years protecting residents across Lancashire has died.

Stephen Halliwell, 69, died on Sunday, just three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

He joined Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service in 1964 and was based initially based at St Annes fire station.

He later served at Chorley and Preston fire stations, as well as the training centre in Euxton, before returning to Chorley as station commander.

One of the highlights of his career was receiving a commendation for bravery in 1991 after he saved two children from a house fire in Preston.

Mr Halliwell, who lived in Euxton, Chorley, retired in 1994 after 30 years of service.

During his retirement, he enjoyed annual holidays and weekends away.

He was also involved with fund-raising activities to support Euxton Cricket Club.

Mr Halliwell is survived by his wife Jean, children Mark and Karen, son-in-law David, and six grandchildren.

Mrs Halliwell said: “He was very much into everything and had a very inquisitive mind, and he loved electronic games and computers.

“He needed to know how everything worked and had a wonderful mind full of knowledge with all the answers.”

The couple had recently enjoyed a two-week holiday, but Mr Halliwell was admitted to hospital in January for two weeks due to complications following some treatment.

He went home and died six days later, surrounded by his family.

Mrs Halliwell said: “The care of the health service, doctors, nurses, paramedics and the district nurses all were absolutely fantastic.

“Obviously I will miss him very much and many other people will too.”

A funeral will be held at 11am on Wednesday at Charnock Richard Crematorium.

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