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Tributes paid to long serving Northleach fire officer


A long serving Northleach fire officer will be laid to rest with a full fire service funeral this Friday.

Phil Mustoe, who served Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service's Northleach Fire Station for 28 years, sadly and unexpectedly passed away last week following a short illness.

At the request of the family, he will receive a full fire service funeral befitting of the contribution that Phil made to the community of Northleach and GFRS during his years of service.

The full service will include his coffin being carried through Northleach on the service's aerial ladder platform with a guard of honour, Union Flag and his helmet being carried in front by one of the firefighters from his station.

The funeral takes place on Friday 2nd September at Northleach Church, Mill View, GL54 3HL at 3pm.

All are welcome to attend the church service, committal, and remembrance gathering at the Westwood Centre, Bassett Road, Northleach GL54 3QJ afterwards.

Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar, said: "My thoughts go out to Phil's family, friends and colleagues at this undoubtedly difficult time.

"Phil was a hugely respected individual in Northleach and within the fire service as a whole.

"A full service funeral is a fitting tribute to a man that gave so much to the local community over so many years."

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for fire, said: "I'm full of admiration for our county's fire officers, who work hard to protect the residents of Gloucestershire.

"Phil gave 28 years to the fire service, and it is only right that his colleagues get to pay tribute to him at the funeral."

Pete Bungard, chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council who will also be attending the funeral, said: "It is deeply sad to hear of Phil's sudden  passing away and I offer mine, and the council's sympathies to his loved ones.

"He was an integral part of the team at Northleach station for such a long time, and I am sure the local community will join me in thanking him for his years of service."

The family has asked that flowers are from the family only but would welcome donations to be shared between with the Firefighters Charity and LINC.

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