Fire stations across the country paid tribute today to a former West Yorkshire firefighter, Simon Kaye, who died on a routine shift last week.
Station flags have been flying at half-mast all week and today at 11am a minute’s silence was observed by firefighters across Yorkshire and elsewhere across the UK in memory of their colleague.
In a statement Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Ben Ansell paid tribute to Simon: “Everyone across Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has been stunned by these events and this is a devastating loss for us all.
“Simon had been a firefighter for over 30 years and served at stations across our Service and before that in West Yorkshire.
“I personally worked closely with Simon for a number of years and know he was an experienced, professional and skilled firefighter who was highly regarded by his colleagues.
“His passing is a huge loss to us all and my thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his partner and family.”
Simon had worked in Bradford for some years before relocating to Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue. At Christchurch station on Easter Monday he was taken ill suddenly and rushed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital where he sadly died.
His death is not being linked with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.