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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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Wednesday, 28 April 2010 3:32pm
I wish to pass on my deepest sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of these brave men - I work with HFRS officers in Southampton and they are all wonderful, positive and just great colleagues this loss will be felt forever in the city and in the servbice.
Linda Haitana, Southampton
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 3:03pm
the familys of alan and james should be proud that they saved people and the homes that the saved so rest in peace my friends yours sincerly everyone on the isle of wight
james, isle of wight
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 2:19pm
such a sad loss for everyone & my thoughts go out to both families. i didn't know Alan but i have known Jim since we were 2. he was a great guy genuine & always made time to speak to people. he will be missed by everyone who's lives he touched, will miss you mate. firefighters are the unsung hero's of the community & we should all take time to think of them as they are always there whatever the weather. hero's to the end you will never be forgotten xx
lee , le
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 1:29pm
It was a profound shock to hear of the death on duty of James And Alan.That once more Firefighters have Died in the line of duty is very sad news.Once is always to much but to have so many young men and women die over the last few years is hard to comprehend. My Deepest sympathies to the family,friends and colleagues of 2 very brave and conscientious Men.
Ian McGeechan, Ayr Fire Station,Strathclyde.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 11:47am
Our sincerest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of James and Alan - from all at E-1
Mike Madsen, Emergency One,nock
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 8:10am
My thoughts and best wishes are with all Alan and James's family, Colleagues and friends. I myself am someone who is training and studying very hard to become a Firefighter, Alan and James sadly paid the ultimate price in this role, showing pure courage and passion for there job they loved and this will only inspire me and drive me forward. RIP Alan & James.
Danny Butcher, Bournemouth
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 2:55am
As a serving control room member and married to a fire fighter my sincere condolences go to all the family, friends and colleagues of two remarkable guys serving their community
Crew Commander Judy Wykes, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 1:05am
Sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Alan and James
John Checkley , Ex HFRS, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 11:34pm
'At the going down of the sun, we will always remember you'. Fareham Fire Station's thoughts and prayers go out to James and Alan, their families, Red watch St Mary's and HFRS colleagues. It is believed that time heals wounds. But, by getting onto the fire engines and responding to calls, we honour the loss of James and Alan who paid the ultimate. God bless you. You are in our thoughts - always.
Paul Coates, 17 Fareham HFRS
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 10:17pm
My thoughts are with all at Alans funeral today, especially his special little girl Abi. RIP Alan and may you be rememberd always.
Teresa, Start Point Sholing
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 8:15pm
Sending sincere condolences especially for today and Friday to Alan and James' families and friends and all at HFRS; in particular Red Watch at St Mary's. We didn't know Alan or James but want to express our sorrow and our gratitude to fire fighters everywhere. As a daughter of a retired fire fighter who served at Red Watch at St Mary's for 24 years; fire fighters feel part of the 'family'. Thinking of you all.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 8:03pm
Hold your arms out wide and guide those you've left behind Always keep them safe. So very sad. My thoughts are with everyone involved.
wife of serving hants firefighter, hampshire
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 7:42pm
HFRS, I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of brothers, Shears and Bannon. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families and your community. They are truly brave men and may they rest in peace. P Dean
P Dean, USA
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 7:39pm
MY DEEPEST REGETS AND SYMPATHY TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE TWO BRITISH BROTHERS WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE. Retired FDNY FF
Thomas P. Zambrano, St. Agustine, Florida U.S.A.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 7:34pm
Quero expressar as nossas sentidas condolencias as familias e aos colegas dos nossos irmaos, Bombeiro James Shears e Bombeiro Alan Bannon. Partiram noprimento do dever, deus os abenÃ§oes ---------- I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the families and colleagues of our brothers, Firefighter James Shears and Firefighter Alan Bannon. Left on duty, God will bless them ----------- www.BV-LISBOA.pt
Hugo SimÃµes, Lisboa, Portugal
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 7:31pm
Sorry to hear about the lost,RIP Brother Firefighter's. May they be Remember
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 6:02pm
We will remember you always, Alan, your wit and joie de vivre. May you both, Alan and James, rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to the families of Alan and James. Our thoughts are with you.
The Gillis, MacIsaac and Sheppard Families, Newfoundland, Canada
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 3:56pm
The Executive Committee and members of the Fire Service Preservation Group send their deepest condonlences to the families of James & Alan and also to HF&RS on their sad loss. At this sad time we remember and think of the Firefighters prayer. RIP and never to be forgotten.
Den Osman, Basingstoke
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 3:53pm
Two of our family gone too soon. There are simply no words. We will always honour and remember.
Chantelle Archer, HFRS
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 3:41pm
Dear HFRS: I want to forward to your Service a very deep feeling of condolence for the tragic death of the firefighters Alan Bannon and James Shears. I hope the consolation arrives to their families and the colleagues of them, and these terrible losses lead to your firefighters to keep them close to their hearts and minds fore ever.
Luis Altina Venegas, ViÃÂ±a del Mar Chile
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 3:39pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost as well as those that remain. Our profession is rewarding and we serve with pride and distinction those we often do not know - yet we know that the next call could be our last. James and Alan made the ultimate sacrifice in service to others and represent dedication all emergency providers display, day in and day out. May God Bless Alan and James.
Dewey Perks, Fairfax County, VA USA
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 2:52pm
A sad, sad day for the people of Southampton. My thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of these two, so brave men, along with their colleagues throughout the UK.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 2:51pm
It's a very rewarding but dangerous job we do. Sadly, some pay the ultimate price. Thoughts go out to everyone affected with the deaths of these two brave men. God bless, Rest In Peace. Phil, (retained) Firefighter, Martham, Norfolk.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 2:15pm
On behalf of myself and three Old Boy Fire Officers now passed.. Nick James Robert HG Morley & Sub Officer Harry G Morley his Father both from St Mary's..in the 70's ... they would be waiting with open arms to recieve these boys! God Bless them and their families I was there today my flat watching from my balcony directly opposite St Mary's Church... BRAVE in the call of Duty!! what would we do without them! Harry G Morley
Dawn Richardson, Southampton
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 12:17pm
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