Alec Elwell lost his life in the line of duty on the 16th January 2021. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 25th November 2023.
Alec joined London Fire Brigade in 2001 serving at Dowgate, Kentish Town and Bow, before transferring to Staffordshire in 2005. Alec served at Stafford, Rugeley, Cannock, Burton and was promoted at Hanley as a Crew Manager. He was a firefighter who risked his own life to save others but was admitted to hospital after falling ill with Covid-19 and lost the fight at the age of 48. The plaque is located at Cannock Community Fire Station, one of the stations where he worked during his twenty years as a firefighter.
Alec was remembered by colleagues as a ‘dedicated and highly-respected firefighter’.
FBU Staffordshire Brigade Chair Jack Lee said:
“Red plaques serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by firefighters like Alec. Being in a publicly accessible location it allows family, friends and colleagues to come and pay their respects.
“Although Alec is no longer with us, he always remains in our thoughts and in our hearts. With this plaque, Alec will also be remembered by future generations of firefighters.”
FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said:
“Alec Elwell passed away from COVID during the pandemic, as an operational firefighter serving his community.
“During the pandemic, firefighters were there for us all, working on the frontline of the emergency. They drove ambulances, assisted in hospitals and care homes, delivered food packages, PPE, medicines and other essentials to vulnerable persons.
“We must never forget Alec’s sacrifice, bravery and compassion.”
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant, said:
“We are devastated and shocked at the loss of our colleague. Alec will be greatly missed by his many friends across the Service, especially those who were privileged to work directly alongside him.
“Alec was popular, highly respected, and a dedicated firefighter, who was committed to making a difference to the communities he served.
“The thoughts of everyone at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are with Alec’s partner Kirsty, children Ellisia and Theo, and his family and friends.”
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