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Alan Bannon's family has issued a statement saying they are very proud of his achievements after he posthumously received an award for bravery.
They said "Alan was a much loved family man who always put others before himself. It was always his ambition to become a firefighter. He loved his job and those he served with on Red Watch, as well as those in the wider fire service family."
"Though this award cannot bring Alan back, it does go some way to recognising the risk that all firefighters put themselves at every day to protect us all. It is also something which will allow Abi to remember how brave her Daddy was."
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service say they have awarded posthumous medals to Jim Shears and Alan Bannon to recognise that they "put themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety of others".
Chief Officer John Bonney said "This award is to formally recognise their courage, dedication and service, and to remember the sacrifice they made."
Two firefighters who lost their lives fighting a fire in Shirley Towers in Southampton have been posthumously awarded gallantry medals.
Jim Shears from Poole in Dorset and Alan Bannon from Southampton died in April 2010.