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"Rusty has been an impeccably professional person to deal with from the moment we made our initial approach in February 2011. In August I sat down and spent a few hours filming with him and the subsequent video interview has gone on to become one of the most watched in our entire archive. Rusty's on camera modesty belies the incredible stuff he got up to. From his honest accounts of the specifics of SAS training, to his involvement in the iconic Iranian Embassy siege it really is a fantastically detailed oral history which provides military enthusiasts and students with a brilliant eye witness account. Rusty has since gone on to become one of our charities most trusted advisors. He always returns our calls, never ducks a question, and is as forthright as he was on day one".
"As one of the leading Army Surplus suppliers within the North
of England we were privileged to have Rusty Firmin as our guest
over two days at the 2012 War and Peace Show.
Over those days Rusty needed all the resilience of his days in the Regiment as he greeted and met thousands of visitors. His presence within our stand saw a forty percent increase in footfall and queues stretching into the distance.
He kept the masses entertained with stories of his time within the Regiment and his role within the Iranian Embassy, Falklands and more operations than can be detailed here. Such was the success of his appearance we are proud to say that Rusty will again be joining us at the 2013 show".
"We were privileged to have Rusty come along to the Phoenix Theatre in Ross-on-Wye to tell us the extraordinary story of the Iranian Embassy siege from his unique perspective. I can honestly say that our audience on the night were delighted with the talk, and the healthy sales of his book Go! Go! Go! afterwards were a sign of a tale well told".
"I contacted Rusty on behalf of Hereford Air Cadets to ask if he would attend our squadron dinner and give a talk to the cadets about his experiences. I did not think at the time we would be so lucky to get such a hero to our small function, but Rusty was absolutely amazing and agreed. He came and spoke to cadets and stayed after the meal to talk to cadets and staff. Rusty is so very unassuming and so helpful and an inspiration to everyone he meets. His after dinner talk captivated all ages, I along with all who attended was totally in awe of him. I cannot thank Rusty enough for his kindness. Rusty is a true hero, and I now consider him a very good friend".