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Messages of condolence for Firefighter James Shears and Firefighter Alan Bannon


Communities all over Hampshire were deeply shocked and distressed by the tragic incident in which Firefighter James Shears and Firefighter Alan Bannon sadly lost their lives. One year later, our thoughts and prayers are with their families at the anniversary of the tragic incident and we continue to give them all the support we can. This was a devastating loss to our Service and a loss to the whole fire service community.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 7:14pm



Tuesday, 10 January 2012 9:57am

They will sadley missed by use as i am part of the young firefighters in Hampshire Basingstoke

Declan , Basingstoke

Thursday, 21 April 2011 0:28am

Remembering all our brave officers

Marie, Eastbourne

Thursday, 7 April 2011 1:25pm

Forever in our thoughts.

Lee Havey, Havant Blue Watch

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 10:59pm

True men whom deserve the up most of respect for putting others first. True hero's, I send my love and thoughts to both family's on this very sad occasion. James & Alan may you rest in peace. x

Jon, Portsmouth

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 7:10pm

As a 15 year old boy who dreams of being a firefighter the courage firefighters James Shears and Alan Bannon showed that night makes me proud to want to become a firefighter. my thoughts go out to their family and friends and i am sure that both James and Alan have made their family and friends proud and they will always be remembered R.I.P lads

shaz Borg, carlisle,bria

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 6:15pm

Will never forget you both . forever in our thoughts . We are still so numb . God bless to both family,s .

all the crew, Portchester. Station 28

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 1:20pm

Bert & Britney, may god watch over you and your families, you are remembered.

Richard Tan, Rushmoor Green

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 12:27pm

It's my brother's 40th Birthday today and it's the only time I've ever thought that I'm glad he lives in Sydney, as I wouldn't feel like celebrating with him today. I will always remember you both - I didn't know you, but wish I had, especially after reading all the fun and loving comments from your family, friends and colleagues. My thoughts are with you. God Bless.

Sue Ayling, Service HQ's, Eastleigh

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 11:08am

They lived and deid as heroes and will always be part of Hampshire Fire and Rescue service history and 1 year on we will still rember FF Bannon and FF Shears and always will for not only what they did on that night but for what they did and achived for the whole of the service in the years they served. I hope to be a firefighter one day to help people out like what James and Alan did in the service. But one more thing with no matter how screwed up this world gets we have a chance to make a differance and all firefighters do make a differance in our communities Like what James and Alan did. Thoughts are with 54 Red watch St Marys Fire Station and there familys and friends. RIP LADS

Howard Vincent (01 Basingstoke YFA Cadet Instructor , Basingstoke

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 11:08am

Thinking of you all; family and colleagues on this anniversary of such a tragic loss. I pray you are able to find some comfort in knowing our thoughts and prayers are always with you. God Bless

Maggie Blight, Southampton

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 10:32am

Your courage and bravery will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with your families, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace.

Trudie Smith, Service HQ, Eastleigh

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 10:27am

You will never be forgotten. RIP Jim and Alan.

John Ayling, SCAS

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 10:25am

Alan, always in my thoughts, given I'm a bad loser I won't forget you're a damn fine backgammon player, I'll beat you yet !!! Raising a beer to you tonight, always the Iron Man to us the Highfield kids.

Dave Roux, Southampton

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 8:06am

In rememberance of 2 very brave young men, who lost their lives to save others. Sending love to their families. God Bless......Lynda

Lynda Hollis, SHQ

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 7:50am

My condolences to the families and respect for the fire service for all that they do on behalf of others

Val Ingram, Warwickshire

Tuesday, 5 April 2011 11:31pm

Since this awful tragedy i have become friends with one of the families they left behind, and i would just like to say they are an inspiration to me ! and i see the world in a whole new light now. what a truly remarkable family. The fire service and families have lost two hero's, sons, fathers and husbands. R.I.P Jim & Alan

Rob Kettridge, Essex fire & rescue

Tuesday, 5 April 2011 2:12pm

I still think about you both to this day. I was working for the Emergency services that night and became involved in this incident from the very first moments. Two very brave men who paid the ultimate sacrifice to help and save others. One fact is how your families and children will think and remember you. HERO'S.


Tuesday, 5 April 2011 1:34pm


Tuesday, 5 April 2011 12:32pm

We will remember them ... Lt. DENDIEVEL - CFO On behalf of all Harelbeke Fire fighters

Armand DENDIEVEL, Harelbeke (Belgium)

Saturday, 2 April 2011 9:18pm

I didn't realise how lucky I was to have known such a great person as Jim for many years- You never imagine that time is limited, and now.... so dearly missed! Words cannot express enough...but my thoughts and prayers are with all the family -God Bless you all.

Karl, At Sea

Thursday, 3 March 2011 4:24am

Nearly a year has passed since that tragic day, but you Guys will never be forgotten... The ultimate sacrifice you made to save others will always be remembered by those that care..

Chris Wright; Ex 01 HFRS Basingstoke, UK, Port Macquarie, Australia

Monday, 19 July 2010 10:14pm

James and Alan, I had the saddening task of taking the uniforms you wore so bravely away from you on that tragic night. I remained with you both all night at the hospital and was the last person to rest you both in peace. I have not been ready to leave a message for you both until now. The events that took place on that saddening day will remain with me forever You are both true heroes


Monday, 19 July 2010 12:26pm

A poignant and moving Memorial Service for two brave Firefighters who will remain forever in ours thoughts and prayers

Ruth Buckley, Community Risk Intelligence

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 11:27pm

The memorial service was lovely today. It shows how much everyone thinks of both Alan and James. We are all very proud of them. My thoughts are with you.

Samantha Janaway, Service Headquarters

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