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Harrison Ford, 79, congratulates firefighter on 31 years of service in chance encounter

Harrison Ford, 79, congratulates firefighter on 31 years of service ahead of emergency worker’s retirement in chance encounter at brigade’s station


A member of the London Fire Brigade was given a retirement present he is unlikely to forget – a surprise visit from Hollywood megastar Harrison Ford.

The LFB’s Blue Watch had just finished roll call at around 8pm on Saturday evening when the Star Wars actor, 79, got out of a car outside the station.

Station Officer Ryan Osborne struck up conversation with the Indiana Jones actor before introducing him to Andrew Shaw, who has carried out 31 years of service for the fire service.

Surprise! A member of the London Fire Brigade was given a retirement present he is unlikely to forget – an unexpected visit from Hollywood megastar Harrison Ford, 79, on Saturday

Harrison, who is in the UK capital to film Indiana Jones 5, spoke with Mr Shaw for a while and wished him well with his retirement.

After the encounter, Mr Osborne said: ‘It was a pleasure to be able to say farewell to Andrew on his last shift with the impromptu help of Han Solo.

‘Being based at a busy central London location we do sometimes see famous faces passing by, and this just happened to be perfect timing.’

Chance meeting: The LFB's Blue Watch had just finished roll call at around 8pm evening when the Star Wars actor got out of a car outside the station in London's Soho

Chance meeting: The LFB’s Blue Watch had just finished roll call at around 8pm evening when the Star Wars actor got out of a car outside the station in London’s Soho

The LFB Twitter account later tweeted: ‘Woah, not often Indiana Jones pops by to wish you well on your retirement!

‘A treat for crews at @LFBWestminster when Hollywood star Harrison Ford paid them a surprise visit.’

The Westminster LFB account added: ‘Han Solo comes to Soho!! Mr Ford was kind enough to congratulate Firefighter Andrew Shaw on his last night shift for 31 years of service.’

A-list: The Westminster LFB account posted: 'Han Solo comes to Soho!! Mr Ford was kind enough to congratulate Firefighter Andrew Shaw on his last night shift for 31 years of service'

A-list: The Westminster LFB account posted: ‘Han Solo comes to Soho!! Mr Ford was kind enough to congratulate Firefighter Andrew Shaw on his last night shift for 31 years of service’

Harrison has been on a lengthy break after injuring his shoulder during filming Indiana Jones 5.  

Filming for the fifth and final Indiana Jones movie in the series was originally due for release in 2022, however that was before filming was pushed back by three months due to Harrison’s injury.

It’s been a fresh blow for the movie – which sees James Mangold taking on directing duties from long-time helmer Steven Spielberg – after shooting was previously pushed back as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

An insider told The Sun’s Bizarre column because it’s Harrison’s last outing as Indiana, everybody was expecting it to be plain sailing.  

They said: ‘After the initial delays everyone was raring to go. But now Harrison is injured and it is worse than first thought.

‘The film’s bosses have come together to work out the scheduling and it’s chaos. The earliest they think they can restart the production is September.

‘It was not what anyone was expecting so to have to change everything is a huge blow. Everyone was concerned for Harrison and they are glad he is on the mend.’

Raiders Of The Lost Ark director Steven Spielberg famously branded himself ‘an idiot’ for allowing Harrison to do his own stunts, including one where the starring actor had to outrun a prop weighing 300 pounds.

Injury: The icon has been forced to take a break from filming the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 movie for three months as he recovers from a shoulder injury sustained on set (Harrison pictured in the last Indiana Jones film in 2008)

Injury: The icon has been forced to take a break from filming the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 movie for three months as he recovers from a shoulder injury sustained on set (Harrison pictured in the last Indiana Jones film in 2008)

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