Thursday, 9 October 2014
When I passed Glasgow's Central Station recently I decided to take another picture of 'Citizen Firefighter'.
The bronze statue named Citizen Firefighter was sculpted by Kenny Hunter. It recognises the work of firefighters past and present and is in remembrance of those who have risked their lives and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save people from burning buildings.
Less than three months after it was unveiled on June 17 2001, Citizen Firefighter became a focal point for the people of Glasgow after the events of September 11 in New York and became a place for many to leave flowers and tributes to the many firefighters who died in those events.
Citizen Firefighter also stands as a reminder of all of the Glasgow firefighters who have died while on duty. Perhaps the first of those was Fireman James Bruce who, on January 15, 1832, fell to his death from a ladder while tackling a fire in the former Queen's Court building on the east side of Queen Street.