FIREFIGHTERS paid tribute to former Portland station officer Richard Lees at his funeral service.

A fire engine followed the funeral hearse with the coffin draped in the Union flag displaying a fire helmet.

The hearse journeyed from the family home to All Saints Church in Easton.

Six firefighters and Portland Station Officer Bob Terry stood to attention waiting to act as pallbearers.

Firefighter Tony Binder started his training under Mr Lees in 1979.

He said: “Richard was an excellent officer to train under, never too busy to give help and advice.”

Station Officer Terry said: "We are proud to be here today to honour a much respected man.”

The funeral service was conducted by the Reverend Tim Gomm, team leader of Portland Parish.

A poem, chosen by Mr Lees’ daughter Susan in tribute to her father was read by Janice Shaw, a family friend and member of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire engine followed the hearse from the church to Grove Corner and gave a blast of its siren in a final farewell to Mr Lees.