Poignant fire station memorial for late Kirkcaldy fire officer Gary Dall

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By Susan Kerr

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has paid tribute to a Kirkcaldy officer who sadly passed away after a battle with blood cancer.

Group Manager Gary Dall died last year after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2017.

This week, (Wednesday, May 29), a training room at Kirkcaldy Fire Station was renamed ‘The Dall Room’ in memory of the father-of-four, who served on the frontline for almost 30 years.

Gary’s wife Jennifer, children Aaron, Amy, Nicola and Hannah and his parents Ann and Robert were joined by former colleagues to mark this poignant occasion.

Jennifer said: “We are overwhelmed with this tribute to Gary.  He is gone but most definitely not forgotten.

“The room will not only be a place to learn but to have a coffee and reflect.

“I lost my best friend and my husband and it’s been a tough year, but I write to Gary every day and it gives me the strength to keep going.

“As a family we are grieving in different ways – losing a husband, a father and a son.

“But knowing there is a place here for Gary, and for us to visit, I am so grateful for that and a massive thank you to everyone who made it possible.”

Twelve-year-old Aaron conducted the official ribbon-cutting to mark the renaming of the room.

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Group Manager Jonathan Miller, a friend and colleague of Gary’s for many years, added: “We wanted to remember our friend and respected colleague who we sadly lost last year.

“We will never forget his robust approach to training and his high standards and this could not be a more fitting tribute to his memory.”

This will now be followed by a charity football match in Gary’s honour this weekend, which will raise money for Anthony Nolan.

Fire service colleagues will take on Kirkcaldy Football Club 2006s in the charity exhibition match on Saturday. Gary’s son Aaron will be playing for Kirkcaldy FC 2006s.

Gary was diagnosed in August 2017 and was due to receive a stem cell transplant to deliver a positive long-term outcome.

Retired Area Manager Ally Boyle – a former colleague of Gary’s who launched a partnership between SFRS and Anthony Nolan ten years ago – also attended the renaming event.

He said: “I am grateful to get the opportunity to come along and pay tribute to Gary.

“I wish we weren’t here and it didn’t happen – but Gary showed great determination through his condition and he had a huge impact on me.”

An SFRS Select XI will take on Kirkcaldy Football Club 2006s in a charity football match in an afternoon of entertainment at Denfield Park, Kirkcaldy, from 12-4pm on Saturday, June 1.

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