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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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Friday, 16 April 2010 7:51am

I cant begin to comprehend how their families cope with this loss. I hope the comments I have read give comfort, and demonstrate the respect that is held for them within Fire Service.

Brian Stubbington , Protection (TFS) Lyndhurst HFRS

Friday, 16 April 2010 7:18am

It is with great sadness that we offer our condolences to our fallen colleagues.

Red Watch , Rushmoor (Hants)

Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:52pm

Its hard to express the sorrow and pain I felt when watching the news of the tragic death of James and Alan. I can't begin to think how their families and their colleagues feel but would like to let them know that the officers' and their colleagues commitment to our wellbeing and safety is really appreciated. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

Sandra Taylor, Portsmouth

Thursday, 15 April 2010 9:44pm

A tragic loss of two great men serving their community and doing a job they loved. Our thoughts are with your families, loved ones and colleagues at this very sad time.

Alex Myles, Southport, Merseyside

Thursday, 15 April 2010 9:21pm

On behalf of all the crew at Grayshott Fire Station, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

WM Peter Norman, Grayshott Fire Station

Thursday, 15 April 2010 8:49pm

Two brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection and care of others. May you rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to both their families and to all their friends and colleagues. God bless you all.

Pauline T, Weymouth

Thursday, 15 April 2010 8:47pm

Gone to their last "Make Up" Sincere condolences to James & Alan's Family, friends & colleagues. MAY YOUR ENDURING MEMORIES BRING YOU SOME COMFORT. R.I.P Guys

Mike Stone , Liverl

Thursday, 15 April 2010 8:41pm

Thoughts and Prayers for such a devastating loss.

James Grove, Brierley Hill Blue Watch

Thursday, 15 April 2010 8:31pm

We are all so sad to hear the loss of our fallen brothers and our hearts go out to there family's and friends at this very sad time.

Stephen Lea, Warrington fire station

Thursday, 15 April 2010 8:00pm

James and Alan you went to work that day to do the job you loved but who would of thought you would not return but sadly by your selfless act of bravery you payed the ultimate sacrifice saving the lives of others you are both true heroes . which is being echoed from all corners of the world you should be proud of them. are thoughts and prayers are with the family friends and colleagues R I P to two of Hampshire's finest

neil knieriem, 58 hardley

Thursday, 15 April 2010 7:51pm

Ever since i was a little girl, as the daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend of many Hampshire firefighters, i could never read the firefighter's prayer to the end because the thought of losing any of my special boys was too horrifying and so to think that James and Alan's families are now going through this ordeal breaks my heart. I hope that one day they can find some peace and comfort in the fact that James and Alan lost their lives to save others, stamping their place in history and everyone's hearts as heroes. Take it easy up there lads, now that you will always be safe. Gem x

Gemma, ex HFRS

Thursday, 15 April 2010 7:17pm

my sincere condolensces to James and Alan's families,colleagues and friends, from a retired Fireman. RIP.

Brian Carson, Liverl

Thursday, 15 April 2010 6:50pm

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Alan and James families and friends. It is hard to put into words what I feel, so can only thank them for their courage, honour and love.

Geoff Howsego, Headquarters

Thursday, 15 April 2010 5:32pm

RIP brothers, the bravery you showed inspires the rest of us to carry on.

Paul Holbrook, South Yorkshire, Lowedges Road, Blue Watch

Thursday, 15 April 2010 2:38pm

Britters and Bert, its taken me a while to try and find something to say to you both, and im still at a loss, but i will give it a go. I hope that i can be as upstanding a man, as skilled a man, and as brave, knowlegable and as caring and dedicated and as honest a man as you both were, and i will try be as good a firefighter as you both were. R. I. P. bro's. see you on the big one.. Jed. former RW St Marys. RW G40 Hayes. LFB

Jed Goy, RW G40 Hayes LFB, Fromer RW STN 54 St Marys

Thursday, 15 April 2010 2:30pm

A tragic loss of two great men serving their community and doing a job they loved. Our thoughts are with your families, loved ones and colleagues at this very sad time.

Shaun Munce, Red Watch Havant

Thursday, 15 April 2010 1:44pm

On behalf of all the staff and members of the FIA may I extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of James and Alan. They will always be remembered for the sacrifice they made to ensure that others would be safe.

Graham Ellicott, CEO, Fire Industryociation

Thursday, 15 April 2010 1:18pm

Condolences to both families for their tragic loss. What would we do without these brave individuals who put their lives on the line for us all.

Frances Morse, Southampton

Thursday, 15 April 2010 12:57pm

Our thoughts go out to you, God Bless

Jim, London

Thursday, 15 April 2010 11:56am

To you all, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this awful time. In the Fire Service we really do belong to part of a large family of colleagues, and it is just too dreadful to believe that yet 2 more dear colleagues have lost their lives. With love and best wishes to all the members of their families. God Bless, Wendy .x

Wendy Marchmont, Devon and Somerset Fire Control, Taunton

Thursday, 15 April 2010 11:18am

I would like to add my deepest expressions of sympathy for the families and colleagues of James and Alan. As an employee of Social Services, I have spent the last week involved in running the rest center set up as a response to the fire. It is clear that there is a very deep understanding and respect amongst those affected that these very brave men were willing to risk - and ultimately to sacrifice - their lives to seek to ensure the safety of others. As a resident of Southampton I have been shocked by what has happened. But I feel truly privileged to have such people serving me.

Tony Bunday, Southampton

Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:43am

"Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me." Our prayers and thoughts are with all the families and brothers of James and Alan. Gone but never forgotten.

, Henley, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:23am

Please accept our deepest sympathy from the Rotary Club of Thika, Kenya. We were deeply shocked here when we heard the dreadful news that two of your colleagues had perished in that fire. Please inform the families that our thoughts and prayers are with them. We also pray that those who were injured make a full recover. I know this will have a terrible affect on all your colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to them.

Rotary Club of Thika, Kenya, Kenya

Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:16am

I am saddened by the loss to the families,the station and the watch but have become enlightened and cheered by the response and prayers offered to these two lads from total strangers that I have met in our community. God Bless.

Jim Wilson, CSA West Group (Ex Red Watch)

Thursday, 15 April 2010 8:37am

2 Very Special People, gone but definitely not forgotten. My thoughts and everyone elses are with you and your families. RIP.

Jimmy White, Stn 29 PETERSFIELD (HFRS)

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