Adrian McGill

Adrian McGill

Adrian McGill lost his life in the line of duty on the 18th November 1972. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 24th October 2022.

Adrian, 34, lost his life after a fire broke out at a disused wallpaper shop on Maryhill Road on November 18, 1972. As firefighters worked tirelessly to save the flats above the shop, the blaze spread to a row of tenements on Great Western Road. Heroic sub officer McGill gave his breathing apparatus to a resident who was trapped in her top floor flat on Maryhill Road. Firefighters rescued the resident by ladder but she passed away soon after and sub officer McGill succumbed to the effects of smoke inhalation.

Sub officer McGill was married to wife Eileen, and had three children – Stephen, Shirley and Alan – who were aged, nine, eight and nine months. The lives of more than 200 people in the area were saved as fire crews led them through smoke to safety or rescued them using ladders. A total of 50 families were made homeless after the fire. He was the eighth Glasgow firefighter to die in a fire in three months, with seven firefighters dying in the Kilbirnie Street textile warehouse blaze in August, and the 27th to have lost their life in the previous 12 years.

A memorial service was held on Friday, November 18 at the heritage plaque at Maryhill Road, Glasgow.  Attending the service were family members, SFRS area commander David Murdoch who is the local senior officer for Glasgow, crews from Maryhill Fire Station and SFRS chaplains.

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