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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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Tuesday, 27 April 2010 12:17pm
On behalf of all all South Central Ambulance Service. We frequently work together and any emergency loss through work is a loss to us all.This terrible incident shows the danger emergency service personnel face on a daily basis. RIP both of you.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 10:27am
I hadn't met James or Alan but I feel that I have lost a member of my own family. Their actions and efforts to help and save others fills me with pride for the service every firefighter provides. Their loss reminds me and my family how precious life is yet how important it is to stay committed to do your best and go the extra mile to help others in need. I am sure every firefighter will remember Alan and James, even if only for a second or two, every time their are on duty; their committment and dedication to help others will keep us all focused and motivated to ensure that firefighters are always ready, prepared and willing to respond to emergencies to save lives and help others. Julie (my wife) and I hope that James' and Alan's families, friends and loved ones find the strength to often remember and celebrate their lives with pride, honour, smiles and laughter.
Wayne Parsons, Blue Watch, Andover
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 10:09am
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 9:47am
Alan & Jim - Rest In Piece. Your sacrifice will never be forgotton. To both families and those effected by the tragic events at Shirley Towers, "May hope sustain you, Friends surround you, And love give you strength".
Paul R, HFRS
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 8:55am
Rest In Peace brothers. You made the ultimate sacrifice for your community. Truely brave men. Tom- Firefighter, London Fire Brigade.
Tom, London Fire Brigade
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 8:04am
My sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of two brave firefighters
Malcolm Pinchin, HFRS SHQ
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 0:35am
I am awaiting a place within the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service as a retained fire fighter , have been waiting nearly a year. Having heard the tragic news from my girl friend I became even more determined to make it as a fire fighter , 2 extremley brave men and it sadened me to hear the tragic news. Rest in peace guys x
Robert Earley, Ashburton, Devon
Monday, 26 April 2010 2:36pm
Our most heartfelt condolenses to the families of Jim and Alan, their families, friends and colleagues .Having close and proud ties to Hampshire Fire Brigade since the early 1930's We absolutly feel the loss too and wish peace and safety to you all at this tough time.
Martin Green and Family, London Fire Brigade
Monday, 26 April 2010 1:49pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this awful tragedy and especially to those who knew and loved Alan and James who made the ultimate sacrifice doing the job they loved. "God Bless you and keep you my brave boys".
Sylvia Eastwood, Wife of a proud Firefighter
Monday, 26 April 2010 1:32pm
Mere words cannot adequately express the shock and grief felt at this sad time. Alan and James gave their lives to save others whilst following their chosen profession; they will be sadly missed but will live on in the memories of all those who knew them and especially within those who were involved with this tragic incident. My thoughts are with the families of Alan and James along with their other 'family' of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and in particular Red Watch, St Mary's who will remember with pride their fallen colleagues. Rest in peace boys, I salute you.
Malcolm Eastwood, Ex Chief Fire Officer Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Monday, 26 April 2010 11:59am
On behalf of all the Staff here we send our condolences to the Families and colleagues of Alan and James. Our thoughts are with you.
Tony Emsley - Outreach Rescue , North Wales
Monday, 26 April 2010 11:48am
RIP to brave heroes. All in Wilts F&R service hold you in our thoughts and hearts x
Monday, 26 April 2010 11:15am
On behalf of all staff at the London Fire Brigade we send our sincere condolences to the families of Firefighter Alan Bannon and Firefighter James Shears and to our colleagues at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Our thoughts are with you.
Commissioner Ron Dobson, London Fire Brigade
Monday, 26 April 2010 9:45am
I had the privillege of working in the rest cetre for a number of days at the Salvation Arnmy hall. I just wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to the crew members who despite their own grief at losing two courageous work mates continued to work 24/7 to ensure the safety of the tenants of the Towers. My heartfelt sympathy to the friends and families go to the two officers who lost thier lives. God Bless
Sharon Everitt-Thompson , Southampton
Sunday, 25 April 2010 8:55pm
Alan and James, deepest sympathies to your families friends and team mates at St Marys. Your loss is immense to us all and we will not forget you. You will always be our drive to improve what we do for the people of Hampshire. God bless.
Mick Johns, Service Headquarters
Sunday, 25 April 2010 7:29pm
Our deepest sympathies, together with our thoughts especially this week, are extended to the families of Firefighter James Shears and Firefighter Alan Bannon We meet many firefighters in the course of our own job and fully respect the difficult task that they fulfil that many people take far too often for granted Malcolm Wells Chief Photographer The News Portsmouth
Malcolm Wells The News, Portsmouth
Sunday, 25 April 2010 1:09pm
Another tragic loss of lives from 2 dedicated and heroic colleagues.my thoughts are with your families ,boys, rest in peace. god bless.
Bill Reid, London
Sunday, 25 April 2010 9:28am
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. To the families of James and Alan, to their Watch members, their Station and indeed the whole community of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. I did not know either James or Alan, but all I have heard from others is what nice, honest and professional guys they were and how much they will be missed.
Alan Standing, Kent F&RS - Training Centre
Friday, 23 April 2010 10:18pm
My father, Michael Harmer, was in the fire service and was my hero and always will be. I can't imagine what the family must be going through. My daughter actually attends the school of Jim's son at Stanley Green First school. I would just like to say that I am so sorry for the loss of such a brave and courageous young man and my thoughts are with the family. God bless you all xx
Katie Harmer, Oakedale, le, Dorset
Friday, 23 April 2010 9:25pm
You answered your last call...you gave your lives to save others...you are true gentleman and brave soldiers...RIP you will be very sadly missed however NEVER forgotten. Prayers and thoughts are with family and friends...
Jolene Yule, Portsmouth
Friday, 23 April 2010 5:31pm
Friday, 23 April 2010 5:13pm
The right words have been hard to find. Please know our thoughts over the past weeks have been with the families, friends and colleagues of James and Alan who gave their lives to help save others and they will never be forgotten that. Rest in peace.
Duncan Foster and all of 02 RDS, Rushmoor
Friday, 23 April 2010 3:36pm
Remember the happy times and cherish the memories......Gone, but NEVER forgotten! RIP guys...
Dan Wilmer, Sale Fire Station, Greater Manchester
Friday, 23 April 2010 3:33pm
Rest in peace James and Alan, two very brave men who will never be forgotten. My deepest condolences and best wishes to their familes and work colleagues xx
Sue, White Watch Hampshire Control
Friday, 23 April 2010 3:14pm
We are greatly saddened by the tragic news of the deaths of the two young firefighters. There is always a chance that fate will deal us a cruel blow. This is cruel indeed. We hope that James and Alan rest in peace, and our thoughts go to their families. Sincerely, White Watch, Deeside.
White Watch, Deeside North Wales
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