A firefighter’s retirement party had to be put on retain as he helped rescue 28 calves from a slurry tank.
Colleagues of Commander John Holmes were planning to toast his retirement from Newcastle fire put of dwelling in County Down, after 42 years of service.
However at about 17:30 BST on Monday officers got a call to 28 calves trapped in a slurry tank shut to Cullyhanna, County Armagh.
Mr Holmes insisted on accompanying the crew on the call.
The Northern Eire Fire and Rescue Provider (NIFRS) acknowledged this was no longer anticipated and was “testomony to his 42 years of dedicated service”.
“John took worth of the animal rescue staff, having fun with a central fingers-on feature in the staunch and worthwhile rescue of each person of the 28 calves,” acknowledged NIFRS, on social media.
The retirement presentation for Commander Holmes has now been rearranged for subsequent Monday.