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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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Thursday, 6 May 2010 9:39am
You were, and still remain, two of the best men I have ever known. I am proud of you, and everyone else who belongs to this brotherhood. You will never be forgotten.
Kirsty Bates - daughter of a Red Watch 54 firefighter, Southampton
Wednesday, 5 May 2010 10:14am
It's men such as you who give the British public the best emergency services in the world. Thank you and God bless you and your families.
David Bratley, Oxford
Tuesday, 4 May 2010 6:03pm
They gave their all, no more can be said - RIP
Tuesday, 4 May 2010 11:30am
Alan and James would surely be immensely proud of the ways in which Red Watch, HFRS and the wider firefighting network have honoured their lives and their memories, and have pledged to support their families. Thank you for doing this on behalf of the general public too. These brave men gave the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of others, and the Southampton community will always remember them.
Local resident, Southampton
Tuesday, 4 May 2010 0:12am
RIP lads my thoughts are with your loved one's.
Jim Barron formally Fm 166, Rigby Idaho USA
Saturday, 1 May 2010 4:57pm
When we are required we never question, we just get on and do it. When we hear the screams, see the suffering and feel the pain, we just get on and do it. Alan and James, Brothers who without question were just there and getting on and doing it. Deepest sympathy to family, friends and colleagues. Sleep well boys.
Matty Maggs, CM 4/1 Trowbridge Fire Station Wilts F&RS
Friday, 30 April 2010 8:13pm
Saw the funeral services on the news this week. Both looked like fitting tributes to two brave men who died doing a job they loved. Best wishes to the families of both fire-fighters. James and Alan will never be forgotten. RIP x x
HFRS Colleague, HQ
Friday, 30 April 2010 7:19pm
Thinking of you and your families at this very sad time. You are heroes and your bravery will never be forgotten. Rest in peace x x x
Friday, 30 April 2010 1:40pm
My thoughts are with the families of these very brave firefighters. From the sister of a serving firefighter at St Marys.
Joanne Young, Birmingham
Friday, 30 April 2010 1:14pm
I have just been the proud witness to the funeral procession for Jim Shears. The number of people at St George's Church was surely a fitting tribute to such a brave firefighter. May he, and Alan Bannon rest in peace. God bless them.
PAUL THOMAS, LE, DORSET
Friday, 30 April 2010 11:44am
Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of James Shears at this time. Whilst some of us cannot be there today to pay our respects we (at HQ) and I'm sure throughout the county have you in our hearts and minds. With love and the greatest respect to James and Alan x
HFRS Colleague, HQ
Friday, 30 April 2010 11:03am
Remembering our colleagues James and Alan, our thoughts and prayers go to their families, and to their colleagues at St Mary's Fire Station, and within Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Blue Watch Fire Control, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Friday, 30 April 2010 0:59am
In our thoughts, god bless, all at Banbury.
Matt Smith, Blue Watch, Banbury
Friday, 30 April 2010 0:46am
Its Knowing that when my father was a fireman that you aknowledge what a dangerous and rewarding job that it is. But you will never begin to under stand why such a pillar of the community should lose there lives at such a young age. Both of you R.I.P.
Scott Mckenzie, Oakdale le
Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:59pm
My deepest condolences to all who knew Heroes James Shears and Alan Bannon; R.I.P. I feel there is no greater honour than to risk ones own life in pursuit of saving another. Mourn with pride in your hearts. God bless and remember always what they lived for.
Ff McLean, Greater Manchester FRS, Eccles B
Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:26pm
What a terrible terrible thing to happen. What true Heroes our Firefighters are, taking huge risks that most of us could never have the courage to take. I'm sure these Gent's families are so very proud of their men, who lost their lives while protecting others. The Firefighter's Prayer has never meant so much. We at Dorset feel your loss, and are devastated for you all
Bex Matthews, Fire Control - Dorset Fire & Rescue
Thursday, 29 April 2010 9:35pm
Sincere condolences to the families and friends of two very brave men. From the parents of a serving firefighter at St. Mary's.
Rose and Bob Turner, Birmingham
Thursday, 29 April 2010 8:38pm
Its hard to put into words what to say. We never question our job or ask what if, we just act and ask questions later. Its a job we all love. Well lads just thank you, with out men like yourselves humanity would be worthless R.I.P.
ff John stroker , G29 PARK ROYAL LONDON
Thursday, 29 April 2010 6:30pm
Thursday, 29 April 2010 4:30pm
To those close to Alan and James.The fact that they died saving others won't ease the pain of your loss, but you are entitled to feel very proud of them for the rest of your days.
Geoff, London Fire Brigade
Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:47pm
Taken from us suddenly, gone but not forgotten. My thoughts go to all family and friends who were touched by two brave men.
Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:41am
Our thoughts and condolences to the families and friends of our brothers- take comfort in their bravery and actions, they will never grow old, and will forever be remembered. Respect from all at Heywood fire station, Greater Manchester
DAVE LOGAN, STATION COMMANDER E32 HEYWOOD GMFRS
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 11:06pm
Rest in peace....a tragic loss
Aaron Murphy, Cheshire
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 7:53pm
I'm so sorry for loss. My heart goes out to the families of both James Shears and Alan Bannon.
Sean Maguire, Sholing ,Southampton
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 7:18pm
R.I.P lads, such a massive loss to everyone, such a massive loss to a fantastic fire service. The worst thing I have done in my life was to leave Wickham Fire Service, the whole fire service not just in Hampshire but globally are truely one great big family and now this family has two massive gaps that will never be filled. R.I.P lads.
Darren Waring, Ex Wickham B22
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