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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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Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:39pm
My thoughts go out to the family and friends of both of the men may they rest in peace.
Mick Retired Lfm, Essex
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:31pm
On behalf of my family I would like to pass on my most sincere condolence to the families, friends and colleagues of James Shears and Alan Bannon. We are so very sorry of your loss our thoughts are with you. Regards Chris
Chris Baker, Bitterne
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:30pm
At this very sad and devastating time we hope that the family, friends and colleagues of James and Alan can stay strong and know that our thoughts and sympathy are with you all.
Green Watch, Kensington Fire Station - London Fire Brigade
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:23pm
My thoughts and wishes go the families of both fireman who died doing the job that they both loved, may you both R I P
Tracey, Aldermoor Southampton
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:18pm
Such a tragic loss,my thoughts are with both sets of family and friends.
Nikki Riley, Portsmouth
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:12pm
To the families, friends, Red Watch St. Mary's and colleagues of James and Alan, our heartfelt condolences at your sad loss. We are thinking of you at this very sad and difficult time.
Green Watch, E33 Southwark-London Fire Brigade
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:09pm
you were one of the best men ive met
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:01pm
My thoughts are with Alan and James families . I cannot comprehend what you are feeling. Such sorrow and painof losing loved ones . Take comfort in the fact they they were sure brave souls and true heroes , men to be proud of.
Sunday, 11 April 2010 7:00pm
It was with great sadness to hear of this tragedy, brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice my thoughts are with the families and friends, rest in peace..... gone but NEVER forgotten!
Leigh Challis, White Watch Basingstoke, Kingsclere RDS
Sunday, 11 April 2010 6:58pm
My deepest condolences to Alan and James' family. They were very brave men and died doing the job they loved. I haven't seen Alan in a while but will never forget his kindness and happiness. RIP Alan and James
Sunday, 11 April 2010 6:30pm
So difficult to find the words to describe such a loss. You are both true heroes and will be remebered with such an incredible amount of pride. You will be dearly missed. RIP guys.
Paul Channing, HFRS
Sunday, 11 April 2010 5:58pm
,I would like to send my sincere condoleances to Alan & Jame's families. True Heros who will never be forgotten. God bless Jane Expat Southampton
JANE , PARIS
Sunday, 11 April 2010 5:43pm
Sad loss to us all in the Fire Sevice Community Thoughts are with the families of 2 brave men
Mick O'Dell, Green Watch, Lurgan, N.Ireland
Sunday, 11 April 2010 5:23pm
I am resident of Church Street but not the towers, and just want to say the whole shirley community has come together to honour James and Alan, collections, flowers. My sincere condolences to the families of both men, may they rip, and please may you take comfort in the fact that the two lads are admired and respected and thanked so much for by this community. x
Sunday, 11 April 2010 5:14pm
out thoughts are with their family and friends at this very sad time.
teresa & trevor baker, fareham
Sunday, 11 April 2010 5:12pm
RIP Brothers. No matter the nationality, we all share the same dangers and fears. There is nothing more noble than to lay one's life down to protect the lives of others. Firefighter Adam Raabe Oakland Fire Department, California, USA
Adam Raabe, Oakland, CA
Sunday, 11 April 2010 5:06pm
My heart goes out to the families of the very brave fireman who died doing the job they loved. Nothing but utmost respect and gratitude for them. They were sons, husbands, dads, friends - lots of lives have been affected and I my heart goes out to all of these people. I thank them and thier colleagues for doing the job they do, without them there would be so many more lives and families lost. God bless you all xx
Sandy McCarthy, Millbrook Southampton
Sunday, 11 April 2010 5:05pm
Jim and Alan were two great characters and great ambassadors for our Fire & Rescue Service. They are true hero's helping their community in so many ways. They always wanted to be firefighters and sadly have now been taken away from us but we will never forget them. Your memories will live with us forever
Tommy Carr, Southampton
Sunday, 11 April 2010 4:51pm
I am so sorry to hear of your tragic losses. Rest In Peace Brothers. Huw
Firefighter Huw Jones, Caledon Fire and Emergency Services
Sunday, 11 April 2010 4:23pm
Every member of the fire and rescue service feels the pain when their colleagues fall in the line of duty; they all know and think that 'there but for the grace of God could have been me'! This short sentiment to these brave men and their families simply wants to say that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope time plays its part inisting in the repair of your broken hearts. God bless you all.
kevin hughes, wrexham, north wales
Sunday, 11 April 2010 4:12pm
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn for we will remember them. amen. Never have those words been more true than now With love from another bereaved parent whose 18 year old son died in 1986
Mike Davidson, Plymouth
Sunday, 11 April 2010 3:09pm
All of Fleets Retained Firefighters are thinking of the two families that sadly lost their loved ones last week. We will also be thinking of all the Watches down at 54 St Marys Fire Station at this sad and tragic time. Such a sad loss to a close knit brigade.
CM Homersham, 04 Fleet
Sunday, 11 April 2010 3:01pm
I send my condolences to the family's of Alan and James, hero's in the true tradition of the fire service. Their dedication to serving the community has called for them to make the greatest sacrifice. My the blessings of heaven rest on our two lost brothers and and those they leave behind.
George Allison, Boots and Coots, Tripoli
Sunday, 11 April 2010 2:36pm
All give some; Some give all, heart-filled sympathy to both Alan and Jame's family's friends and crew. R.I.P brothers.
Firefighter Darren Murphy A Watch, Dundalk Fire And Rescue Ireland
Sunday, 11 April 2010 2:12pm
Brave firefighters always in our thoughts
Paul Rowe, Gosport
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