HAVING given 43 years of loyal service to Cork City Civil Defence, Bandon man John Tyner recently retired from the volunteer based organisation.
Originally from Cork city but living in Clashafree, John joined the Civil Defence in 1975 and trained as an AFS instructor in 1989. He then held the rank of 1st Officer of the AFS (Aux Fire Service) section of Cork City Civil Defence up until his retirement recently.
Speaking to The Southern Star, John said he has enjoyed his time immensely in Cork City Civil Defence.
‘I will be 65 next year so it was probably time to retire but I will miss the camaraderie and the lads there.
‘Having been there for 43 years I do think it is a great outlook for any young man and it brings a bit of discipline to them too.’
At a stand-down parade in Ballyvolane to mark John’s retirement, Cork City Civil Defence Officer John Ryan presented him with a plaque in the presence also of members of Cork City Fire Brigade and a number of other volunteer groups.
‘Over these many years, John has been a dedicated volunteer and this was acknowledged by the many people, past and present members, who turned up to wish him well,’ said a Civil Defence spokesperson.
‘We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to John for his service and best wishes to him and his family for the future.’