Alexander Drummond died in the line of duty on the 29th October 1978. His Red Plaque was presented on the 29th October 2022, on the 44th anniversary of his death.
Alexander, or Sandy as he was known, lost his life whilst fighting a fire which badly damaged the Crinan Hotel in Argyll, Scotland. He was a serving member of Inverary Fire Station, where his plaque is now situated. As well as serving as a firefighter Alexander was a former town and county councillor and magistrate, being described as a “noted member of the community” in The Oban Times at the time of his death. He was an electrician with the Argyll and Clyde Health Board that used his electrical skills to help the local drama group.
FBU Regional Treasurer, Seona Hart, said:
“Since 2017, the Red Plaque Scheme has created memorials for firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, with each Red Plaque commemorating a moment in local history and offering a place of reflection for the community.
“Each Red Plaque is funded by the Firefighters 100 Lottery, a charitable initiative run by the Fire Brigades Union. Since the commencement of this scheme, Red Plaques remembering over fifty firefighters have been presented across the UK, with each plaque unveiled at a ceremony attended by serving firefighters, FBU representatives, community members, fire chiefs and the family, friends and former colleagues of fallen firefighters.”
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said:
“It is vital we remember firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Firefighters will always fight to make sure that happens. Every day firefighters go to work not knowing if they will come home or not. The tremendous bravery and sacrifice of those who lose their lives in the line of duty should always be commemorated and red plaques help make sure that that is the case.”
Today, Alexander is fondly remembered by his friends, family, and brothers and sisters in the FBU. His Red Plaque was unveiled at Inverary Fire Station.
Below are memories added by those who knew Alexander Drummond or had a story that they wish to share with you. If you have a tribute for Alexander Drummond that you wish to add, please include your memory below.
Please help support our Firefighters with the Firefighters 100 Lottery, a weekly online lottery created to support firefighters, their bereaved families and to honour the bravery and sacrifice of firefighters killed in the line of duty. With your help we can have schemes such as the Red Plaque Project for memorials to those lives lost.
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