Our late President, Brian William " Bill" Butler: MBE. O St J. QFSM. 1935-2016. Brian joined the LFB in the mid 1950's, and started his long career in the old " B " Divison at D 60 Clapham. He was to rise briskly through the ranks as he clearly possessed all the attributes of a fine, dedicated officer. Although he did on occasion find himself posted outside of his beloved "B" Division, he always managed to return there.
Bills achievements included the firegound management of the notorious Brixton riots of 1981, a task that later set the benchmark for all Brigade management in this type of incident. He was a gentleman and an officer, never to be taken lightly and with an astute operational mind that was the envy of many of his peers. He never suffered fools easily and always desired clarity in any conversation about the Brigade accepting no "grey" areas. His service spanned almost 40 years, all in the London Fire Brigade, and that service is remembered with great appreciation and respect, as was the man. A true gentleman never to be forgotton.