Canary Wharf IRA bomb hero gets CBE from The Queen

One of the first London Fire Brigade senior officers at the scene of the Canary Wharf bomb blast 15 years ago has received a CBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Ron Dobson was awarded the medal in the New Year Honours list for his ‘distinguished contribution to the fire and rescue’ and received it at a ceremony last week.

He has 31 years firefighting experience in London, having joined the Brigade in 1979, working his way up through the ranks to be Commissioner in 2007.

“Receiving the CBE from the Queen is without doubt one of the highlights of my career,” said the proud father-of-three. “I’d like to dedicate it to my family and to all London firefighters in the best fire and rescue service in the world.”

Ron coordinated a search of the IRA incident in 1996 in which two men from a Canary Wharf newsagent’s were killed and scores of office workers and residents from the nearby Samuda Estate were injured.


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He was the Brigade’s senior operational commander during the 2005 London Underground and bus bombings, which included the wrecked Circle Line train at Aldgate, and was later awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal that year.

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