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By Rachael Bletchly and Frederica Miller
26 JAN 2018
"As professional firefighters, we weren’t expected to show our feelings; it was just our job. I was 25 and had my whole life and career ahead of me. But what happened to Gordon floored me. I felt like a failure." Clifford Thompson
A former London firefighter has opened up about how his dream job spiralled into a nightmare when years of trauma finally caught up with him.
Clifford Thompson opened up about the emotional toll of firefighting (Image: CLAUDINE HARTZEL)
Now a BBC journalist, Clifford Thompson was a London Fire Brigade officer for half a decade.
From 1987 to 1992 he tackled some of the capital's most devastating events, including the King's Cross tube tragedy and the Clapham rail crash.
But after five years in the brigade, Cliff's world collapsed when he watched a three-year-old boy he rescued from a house fire die before his eyes.
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