White Watch go on the pull for Terry

PUBLISHED: 07:14 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010

FIREFIGHTERS proved they have got hearts of gold on Sunday when they pulled a four-ton fire engine in searing heat to raise more than £1,000 in memory of a Honiton woman.

firefighters proved they have got hearts of gold on Sunday when they pulled a four-ton fire engine in searing heat to raise more than £1,000 in memory of a Honiton woman. The fire engine pull was organised by White Watch in support of recently-retired Exmouth firefighter Terry Dimond, from Honiton, who in May last year lost his wife, Viv, to breast cancer. The firefighters, wearing pink boots and helmets, took just under two hours to pull the fire engine from Exmouth Docks to Orcombe Point and back. Hundreds of holidaymakers and beach goers, attracted by the sirens and flashing lights from a convoy of fire engines, dug deep and filled the firefighters' helmets with cash and cheques - raising £1,292 for Breast Cancer Research UK. Exmouth white watch manager Nigel Snowshall said the men had struggled in parts because of the combination of weight and heat but had remained determined throughout. "It's a lot of weight, four big tons, to pull up and down the beach, even when you get it going," he said. "You don't realise how hilly the beach actually is until you hit the hills." Since Viv lost her battle with cancer, Mr Dimond has embarked on a year-long charity fund-raising challenge in her memory. His next test is to walk the Inca Trail with friend Andy Mitchell, who lost his wife to the disease in 2001. Mr Dimond said he was grateful to the people of Exmouth and his old watch colleagues for organising the fire pull and raising the cash. "I worked with the lads for over 30 years. They have put all this together for me to raise a considerable amou-nt of money.


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