"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

February 14, 2012

CHURCHILL - 1940

Photo: Churchill College
Churchill inspects bomb damage in London on Sept. 10, 1940; firemen seem to pay no mind. The Blitz enhanced the public standing of the fire service, and Churchill dubbed its members "Heroes with grimy faces."

February 11, 2012

COVENT GARDEN

March 5, 1856 - Fire destroyed the Covent Garden Theatre in London. A bystander reported: "The flames had burst through the roof, throwing high up into the air columns of fire, which threw into bright reflection every tower and spire within the circuit of the metropolis, illuminating St. Paul’s as if gilded with burnished gold."

ARCHWAY

Photo: Nat Bocking
July 21, 2004 - Decontamination after chemical spill at Archway roundabout

SHOREDITCH SHOUT

Photo: Stephen McKay
March 11, 2010 - View from City Road of fire on Worship Street.

February 10, 2012

FAST EDDIE

Photo: Green County, Missouri, jail
A former London firefighter wanted in a 1993 bank heist in Suffolk was arrested Feb. 9, 2012, in the U.S. state of Missouri on firearms charges. Edward "Fast Eddie" John Maher, 56, had been living under his brother's name since the $1.5 million robbery from a bank van. Maher was a member of the London Fire Brigade for 12 years and served as sub-officer at the Euston station in central London. He resigned in 1991, according to Fire Engineering magazine's website.