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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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Saturday, 10 April 2010 0:34am

Rest in piece, our thoughts are with your families,friends and your watch.

Andy Fletch, Newport IOW

Saturday, 10 April 2010 0:12am

Lads u gave it all & in doing so gave the ultimate sacrifice X god bless, at least heaven is safe X

Rudgie, wolves

Saturday, 10 April 2010 0:12am

Lads u gave it all & in doing so gave the ultimate sacrifice X god bless, at least heaven is safe X

Rudgie, wolves

Saturday, 10 April 2010 0:10am

My thoughts are with the families and friends of these two brave men at this tragic time. Rest in peace.

Charlotte, Chandlers Ford

Saturday, 10 April 2010 0:03am

These two lads sum up all that is great not just about the fire service but of the goodness of people in general. They represent what we all aspire to, heroes that allow us all to live the lives that we do. Thank you James, Thank you Alan we all feel for your families and friends, we should all be proud of you. Thousands when they hear a siren or see a fire engine will think of you.

Mark Gilmore, Bathgate, Scotland

Saturday, 10 April 2010 0:01am

loosing 1 is bad enough,,,,to lose 2 is a nightmare,,,lads u died helping others,,let us never forget X a job is a job but some go beyond their "call of duty" god rest X

Paul, Wolves

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:59pm

To Jim and Al, who made the ultimate sacrifice, RIP. From all at Blue watch Basingstoke HFRS

Stu Eade, B/W 01 Basingstoke

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:55pm

Jim & Al, The word hero is so often used to describe individuals who do nothing to deserve this title, this definately does not apply to you. As always, when the call came, you and your colleagues responded in the way that we always do, the finest way that is possible. You will be sorely missed, and will never be forgotton at 54 or within HFRS. Sleep tight lads, its now your turn to 'stand down'. RIP

Darryl Bishop, Training HFRS HQ (Ex St Mary's)

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:45pm

It is with great sadness 2 more of our courageous firefighters have lost their lives.Only the families know the true emotions the loss of life brings to them. God bless you and may your inner strengths carry you through this, hold your heads high and be proud of them for they are HEROES.

Paul Stephens, Warwickshire

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:28pm

My wife Sandra and myself pass on our condolences to the lads familes and to Red watch at 54. Rest in peace

Retired FF Searle, Somerset

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:18pm

Mr John Bonney. We learned with regret of the death of Firefighter James Shears and Firefighter Alan Bannon. Please convey to his family and firefighters from Hampshire fire Dept., the condolences of the officers and Firefighters of the Tenth Fire Company - Fire Dept. Valparai­so - Chile. Attentively, Claudio Rojas Barcelo Captain Tenth Company Fire Dept. Valparai­so - Chile

Claudio Rojas Barcelo, Valparai­so - Chile

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:17pm

Deeply saddened by the loss of two colleagues, Thoughts and prayers are for your family, friends and colleagues. May you both rest in peace.

Rob Bailey, Chehsire Fire & Rescue Service.

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:09pm

deepest sympathy on the loss of two true heros please pass on my condolances to their families friends and colleagues

pat burke, hse ambulance service dublin ireland

Friday, 9 April 2010 11:06pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of James, Alan and to the members of Red Watch and Hampshire FRS. God Bless you both.

John Reay, Tyne & Wear FRS

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:55pm

My heart goes out to you both, families and colleagues in the service. You have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the protection of your community. I hope you rest in peace boys

FF Andrew 'Taffy' Williams, Stroud Red Watch

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:54pm

Rest In Peace Brothers

Dave Garrish, Hertfordshire

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:44pm

Our thoughts are with the families of the two firefighters who sadly loss their lives doing a job they loved and kept the public safe. R.I.P

Jenny Barnes, Southampton

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:39pm

Our thoughts are with your Familys and Friends at the sad time. Rest in Peace

Steve Brown, Acomb RDS North Yorks Fire & Rescue

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:34pm

Rest in peace, James and Alan..See you at the big one.

David Lynch, Blue watch Dogsthorpe, Cambs F&RS

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:32pm

Words can not describe the pain. Your bravery will never be forgotten. Rest in peace. My thoughts and feelings are with you all at this very sad time.

Ellis Arnett, Red Watch - St Albans - HFRS

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:23pm

to two very brave heros my heart goes out to you both and your families on this sad loss you will always be remembered as the heroic two paul ford-neath ex firefighter whitchurch

paul ford-neath, whitchurch

Friday, 9 April 2010 10:15pm

Our hearts and prayers go out to James and Alan who died so tragically, we would like to send our condolences to both of these two brave young mens families. R.I.P James and Alan

judy doherty, northampton

Friday, 9 April 2010 9:58pm



Friday, 9 April 2010 9:52pm

Brother when you weep for me Remember that it was meant to be Lay me down and when you leave Remember I'll be at your sleeve In every dark and choking hall... See more I'll be there as you slowly crawl On every roof in driving snow I'll hold your coat and you will know In cellars hot with searing heat At windows where a gate you meet In closets where young children hide You know I'll be there at your side The house from which I now respond Is overstaffed with heroes gone Men who answered one last bell Did the job and did it well As firemen we understand That death's a card dealt in our hand A card we hope we never play But one we hold there anyway That card is something we ignore As we crawl across a weakened floor For we know that we're the only prayer For anyone that might be there So remember as you wipe your tears The joy I knew throughout the years As I did the job I loved to do I pray that thought will see you through Author Unknown Rest In Peace, James and Alan.

John Millar, Yorkshire

Friday, 9 April 2010 9:43pm

Two lives tragically lost - I pray that no more machines return empty handed. Rest In Peace.

Keith Howarth, Manchester

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