Adam lost his life in the line of duty on the 20th of July 2004, alongside his colleague Billy Faust. Their Red Plaque was the first in the Scheme, presented on the 1st of December 2017.
Colleagues on the Red Watch at Whitechapel Fire Station, Adam and Billy were tragically killed while fighting a fire in Bethnal Green, after rescuing another man. Adam was twenty-seven at the time of his death and had fully qualified as a firefighter three months before.
Adam and Billy were among fifty firefighters called to the blaze in a three-storey building that included a shop and housing. After the two men entered the basement, there was an explosion which triggered a collapse and cut off their water supply. Their untimely deaths deeply affected the fire service and triggered key improvements to equipment, communications and safety procedures which protect firefighters from similar accidents.
Today, Adam is fondly remembered by his family, colleagues, and brothers and sisters in the FBU. His shared memorial with Billy can be found in a peaceful public garden near the scene of the fire, around a mile from his former station.
Photo credits: Stefano Cagnoni