Bike crash tragedy of retired Leeds firefighter

Tributes have been paid to a former Leeds firefighter who was killed in a crash just months after retiring from the service

Tuesday, 16th February 2016, 8:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th February 2016, 8:45 am
Giovani Richetta, left, pictured with firefighter Danny Pepper in Brighouse.

Ex-watch commander Giovanni Richetta served across the city and in Bradford during 30 years with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service before his departure last September.

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The 52-year-old, of Shipley, died in a motorbike collision in Clapham, North Yorkshire, on Sunday.

Chief fire officer Simon Pilling said: “It is devastating that he will now not have the opportunity to enjoy the retirement he so deserved... He was a true gem.”