Funeral for firefighter

The funeral's taking place later of a firefighter who died while tackling a blaze in Manchester in July. A service is being held in Bury for Stephen Hunt who lost his life following the incident in Oldham Street.

VIDEO: Final farewell to fallen firefighter

The children of firefighter Steven Hunt have praised their father and told of the family's pain at his death as he fought a blaze in Manchester.

Today a funeral service was held for the thirty eight year old, a man described as a genuine hero.

Firefighters from across the country joined the congregation at Bury Parish Church.

Our reporter Ralph Blunsom was there:


Firefighter's union praise 'hero' Stephen Hunt

The union for firefighters has described Stephen Hunt, who died in a fire in Manchester city centre in July, as "hero".

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said:

Stephen died a hero, and his willingness to put his own life at risk to save and help others deserves to be remembered and honoured.

This sense of courage and self-sacrifice can be found in firefighters across the country, and we are all indebted to the tireless and often unseen work they undertake to keep us safe.

Stephen's death was a terrible tragedy, and firefighters and the union will continue to work with our communities, employers and government to make sure that safety is put first for both firefighters and the general public.

– FBU general secretary Matt Wrack

Mother's tribute to 'great' firefighter son

The mother of a firefighter who died while tackling a blaze in Greater Manchester paid tribute to her "gentleman" son as he was laid to rest today.

Former soldier and firefighter Stephen Hunt, 38, died after being pulled from a burning shop in Oldham Street, Manchester.

Saying that his dedication cost him his life, his mother, Susan Veevers, said of the father-of-two: "Our family has lost a great man and our pain is indescribable.

"Becoming a firefighter was a very happy time for Stephen. He was passionate about his role and dedicated to the job.

"We were all exceptionally proud of Stephen, not just as a firefighter but as a loving son, caring brother and his prized and most important job - being the very best a father could be."


Services from around the country join Chief Fire Officer at Stephen Hunt funeral

Brigades from around the country are attending Credit: Ralph Blunsom. ITV Granada

Fire brigades from across the country have joined Greater Manchester's brigade at the funeral of Stephen Hunt. Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk has described Stephen as a "hero".

Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk Credit: Ralph Blunsom. ITV Granada
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