Special police and fire tour for boy inspired by the Toddbrook Reservoir operation
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When four year old Freddie McManus created the partial dam collapse in Whaley Bridge with his toys in his grandad’s garden in Eckington he never expected to be in the spotlight.
But his model of the operation to drain the Toddbrook Reservoir caught the attention of a local journalist, who filmed him using his helicopter, fire engine and police car toys, an old crate and piece of wood to play out the scene and save the village that he’d watched on TV.
After seeing his inspired game in the news, we got in touch with little Freddie to see if he fancied seeing some of the real equipment in action.
Freddie and his family made it along to Staveley Fire Station during the Christmas period for a VIP tour, and he also got to meet local Police Community Support Officer Chris Fallon, who brought along a police car and parts of the uniform to try out.
Freddie and his family, who live in Sheffield, came along for the visit where he got to use the hose to pump water, as they would have from the reservoir, as well as a fire engine ride around the car park and getting his own message from control.
His dad Alex McManus said: “Freddie had a brilliant time visiting Staveley Fire Station, reporting for duty in his fire fighter uniform. Everyone was very welcoming and took the time to explain things to him, and he really took it all in.
“He would like to be a fire fighter when he grows up, after seeing the courage and hard work of our emergency services on the television and meeting them face to face.”
We would like to thank Mr McManus for sharing these wonderful photographs of the morning with us, and wish Freddie the very best for his future career aspirations.