Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has paid tribute to Steve Langley who worked at KFRS from January 1975 to December 1996. He died on 29 November after being shot in Lower Road, Tonge, Kent.
We're very saddened to hear of Steve's death and offer our sincere condolences to his family. He worked as a firefighter at Medway and Sittingbourne for 21 years, during which time he served his local community with diligence and professionalism, dealing with a number of incidents across the county.
Steve also received a Chief Fire Officer's Letter of Congratulations for his actions while off-duty when he assisted at a road traffic collision on the Maidstone Road in Rochester. He will be sadly missed..."
A man killed following a shooting near Sittingbourne in Kent has been named as Steven Langley. The 56-year-old died from a gunshot wound to his abdomen in Tonge on Friday afternoon. Simon Olsen, 54 and of no fixed abode, has now been charged with Mr Langley's murder and remains in police custody.
The victim's wife, Lucia Langley, paid tribute today to her husband, who ran the Bax Farm Fisheries in Tonge. She said: 'He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold. He loved his family who always came first and he would do anything for anybody.'
Detective Inspector Gavin Moss, of the Serious Crime Directorate, said: 'We are continuing to investigate the circumstances that have led to this tragic death. Mr Langley was a much loved father and husband and was also a well known member of his local community.'
Kent Police have confirmed that a man in his 50s was shot. He was pronounced dead where he was discovered in Lower Road, Tonge, near Sittingbourne on Friday. A 54-year-old man from Teynham has been arrested on suspicion of murder. An area of Bax Farm Fishery has been cordoned off by detectives.