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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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Friday, 23 April 2010 12:12pm
My deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of Alan and James. I had the honour of working with both of them on several occasions and they truly were two of "Hampshire's Finest". You will always be remembered.
Maeve Nevin, Ireland (ex-R/W Redbridge)
Friday, 23 April 2010 11:40am
An absolute tragedy and a sad loss to the families, the communities which James and Alan served and to the HFRS. My thoughts are with all that have been affected by this and hope that if there are lessons to be learnt from this sad loss they are communicated well to reduce the risks that firefighters may face.
Giles Distin, New Zealand
Friday, 23 April 2010 9:46am
My heart skipped a beat, when I heard that 2 wonderful Hampshire Firefighters had lost their lives - "please don't let it be my son Tony" was my immediate thought. I am lucky, I still have him and can only imagine what it must be like to lose your husband, father, son in these circumstances. I remember Jim at his graduation parade when he trained with my son in 2003. Words of consolation are so hard to find at times like these but I hope Jim & Alan's families will find some comfort with the support and care that everyone is giving them. Two very brave men gone but will never be forgotten. God Bless you both.
Wendy Neighbour, Truro, Cornwall
Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:17pm
Mine and my family's thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of James and Alan and also with Red Watch St Mary's. My late Father was Oic at St Mary's for many years and was very proud to have served there, he also would have been devastated that we had lost two of our Brother Firefighters. RIP James and Alan.
Martin Earl, Red Watch, Cosham, HFRS.
Thursday, 22 April 2010 9:40pm
You answered your final call with bravery and honour. My thoughts are with your family, friends and colleagues. Rest in Peace.
Laura Pitt , Southampton
Thursday, 22 April 2010 8:34pm
My sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of James and Alan Rest in peace.
Thursday, 22 April 2010 8:27pm
My thoughts are with the families and friends of Alan and James. R.I.P and god bless, you will never be forgotten
Daniel Burden, RDS 32 Eastleigh HFRS
Thursday, 22 April 2010 5:25pm
Deepest sympathies. My thoughts are with you and your families. Rest in peace.
Tom Edwards, Hightown Fire Station
Thursday, 22 April 2010 5:08pm
Our hearts go out to the families of both James Shears and Alan Bannon on this tragic news. Sadly we know there are no words that can really help, but our thoughts, love and prayers are with you. Firefighter's risk their lives each and every day for us all, they are all true heroes. (The family of Firefighter Ewan Williamson 12.7.2009)
Rebecca Williamson, Edinburgh
Thursday, 22 April 2010 3:01pm
Lewis , Greater Manchester- ex Lincolnshire
Thursday, 22 April 2010 12:14pm
All staff in Oxfordshire fire and rescue service feel the loss of James and Alan.We have tremendous respect for their courage and selfless actions in helping people in an emergency. Our thoughts continue to be with Alan and James' families, and with the whole of your brigade. John Parry, Chief Officer.
John Parry, oxfordshire
Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:15am
On behalf of the Fire Service Preservation Group, The Executive Committee and members send their sincere condonlences to the families of James & Alan and to Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service on their sad loss
Den Osman, Basingstoke
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 6:08pm
You gave your lives to save others. You are heroes to us all. May you rest in peace.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 3:05pm
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these two brave men. Words can not describe the emotions and thanks everyone has been sending to you both. Memories of you will last forever. "Although his smile is gone forever and his hand I cannot touch, I still have so many memories of the one I love so much. His memory is his keepsake with which I'll never part, God has him in his keeping, I have him in my heart. Sadly missed but never forgotten." RIP
Niki Hellyer, Lordswood
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 2:57pm
My sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of James and Alan, such a tragic loss. RIP.
Tony Andrews, (Retired) Wiltshire
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 2:52pm
My thoughts and prayers are with your families, friends and colleagues at this sad time. Sleep well Alan and James.
Felecia Miceli-Hyde, HFRS
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 1:48pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you both as you journey on your way to a better place, and with your families. RIP
Emma Bailey, Freemantle
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 1:38pm
I was not priviledged to serve with James or Alan, but with such a young family myself, it is hard not to feel alot of sadness at this time. I wish I could share the grief substantially! They will be missed enormously.
Peter Cornhill, Hightown Fire Station (fire safety)
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 1:11pm
r.i.p gentlemen, deepest condolences to your family's,gone but never forgotten.
liam, kent fire and rescue retained
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 11:56am
My brave colleagues made the ultimate sacrifice. They will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Bob Wythe, HFRS
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 11:12am
My Thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to my Firefighter brothers,who gave the ultimate,and my heartfelt condolences to all their families,freinds and colleagues
Robert Irwin, Kent Fire & Rescue
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 9:37am
It is difficult to find words at a time like this but following this tragedy we deeply feel your loss. Our thoughts are with your families, friends and of course Red Watch. Our condolences from all at Portchester Fire Station.
Portchester Fire Station, Portchester, Hampshire
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 7:59pm
From all former members of B27 Titchfield, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this terrible time. R.I.P. James and Alan.
Robbie Clarke, FAREHAM
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 7:54pm
Deepest Sympathies to the families of 2 brave men doing a tough job. May they both rest in peace,
Peter & Eve Mc Mahon, Locks Heath
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 4:53pm
James and Alan. Rest in peace. Our thoughts are with you. Your family will be looked after by the bigger family that you will always remain part of.
Roy Barraclough, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
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