Sunday, May 22, 2022

Laois Civil Defence Officer Liam Preston has marked his retirement, after over 45 years’ service

By Carmel Hayes

A REMARKABLE man who was the driving force behind Laois Civil Defence retired this weekend, after more than 45 years’ service.

Officers and volunteers gathered to pay tribute to Civil Defence Officer (CDO) Liam Preston, as he marked his well-deserved retirement.

A familiar figure at countless rescues and other emergencies, he devoted decades of his life to communities across the county and beyond.

He was a volunteer for 25 years before his appointment as CDO and gave exceptional leadership to the organisation, which provides vital assistance to frontline emergency services.

In a tribute yesterday, Laois Civil Defence said: “Liam Preston has been our Civil Defence Officer and the driving force behind Laois Civil Defence for the past 20 years. Liam has given over 45 years of his life to Civil Defence, having been a volunteer for 25 years before his appointment as CDO.

“Over the last 20 years, Liam’s dedication and knowledge has driven Civil Defence activities in Laois and he has played a large part in events and operations both in Laois and across the country.

“Liam has devoted his career to developing volunteers and providing assistance to the communities of Laois and we hope to see him continue this work as a volunteer well into the future.

“We would like to wish Liam the very best in his retirement and thank him for his dedicated service over the last 45 years.”

Laois Civil Defence CDO Liam Preston (left) pictured with colleagues on his retirement

Laois Civil Defence volunteers and vehicles gather for the retirement of CDO Liam Preston



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