London Fire Brigade are searching for family members of a firefighter who "tragically" died on his last ever shift before retiring - so they can see a plaque being unveiled in his memory.
Sub Officer Leslie Arthur Tucker fell to his death during his final shift on December 4, 1966, while responding to a late night shout.
He accidentally opened the door to the pole house, falling 16 feet to the ground. He died from his injuries eight days later in hospital after completing 37 years of service to the brigade.
Now, as a mark of respect, the brigade is erecting a plaque at Ealing fire station to honour Sub Officer Tucker, which is due to be unveiled on Friday (May 19) at 10am.
Red watch manager at Ealing fire station, Mark Lanaway, who has been co-ordinating the event, will complete his 30 years with London Fire Brigade on the day of the event.
He said: "It would be wonderful to have any friends or family members of Leslie Arthur Tucker attend the ceremony on May 19.
"I have been trying to contact people that might know him and I am hoping that someone reading this might remember Leslie Arthur Tucker or perhaps know someone who knew him.
"It is a sad and tragic story but we hope this plaque will be a fitting way to remember him but also celebrate his 37 years of service.
“If someone does happen to know him and wants to attend then I urge them to contact me at Ealing Fire Station so we can invite them along to this important occasion.”
Since Leslie’s tragic accident at Ealing fire station, the door design to the pole house has been changed. Previously, the double set of doors opened straight onto a drop for crews to use the fire pole.
Now, a lever needs to be pulled to open the doors and a step has been added so firefighters have to stand on the threshold before they can descend the pole.
The plaque will be on the wall near the fire pole on the ground floor of Ealing fire station.
If you knew Sub Officer Leslie Arthur Tucker, get in touch with Ealing Station on 020 8555 1200 ext 84725, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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