Shirley Towers bravery awards

Jim Shears and Alan Bannon who tragically lost their lives fighting a fire at Shirley Towers in Southampton in 2010 have been award posthumous bravery medals.

Award reminds Alan's daughter of his bravery

Chief Officer John Bonney presents Alan Bannon's Meritorious Medal for Gallantry to Alan's daughter Abi
Chief Officer John Bonney presents Alan Bannon's medal to Alan's daughter Abi Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

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."

Shirley Towers sacrifice remembered

Chief Officer John Bonney presents Alan Bannon's station number lapels to Alan's mother Margaret
Chief Officer John Bonney presents Alan Bannon's station number lapels to Alan's mother Margaret Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

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."

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Shirley Towers firefighters awarded gallantry medals

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.

Chief Officer John Bonney presents Alan Bannon's Meritorious Medal for Gallantry to Alan's daughter Abi
Chief Officer John Bonney presents Alan Bannon's Meritorious Medal for Gallantry to Alan's daughter Abi Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue
Chief Officer John Bonney presents James Shears's station number lapels to James's father Ed
Chief Officer John Bonney presents James Shears's station number lapels to James's father Ed Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Jim Shears and Alan Bannon
Jim Shears and Alan Bannon Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service