Brian Dean

Brian Dean

Brian Dean lost his life in the line of duty on the 3rd December 2008. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 17th December 2023.

Brian Dean, a leading firefighter at Bloxwich Fire Station, had just returned to the station from an emergency incident in Glastonbury Crescent, Bloxwich, when he fell ill and unfortunately died from a heart attack after dealing with a parked car which had been tipped onto its side in Glastonbury Crescent, a Black Country street. Fellow firefighters on Blue Watch battled to save his life using a defibrillator carried on the fire engine, but the 49-year-old died shortly after his arrival at Walsall Manor Hospital. The service for Brian featured a full ceremonial guard of honour with uniformed colleagues as pall bearers.

The commemorative Red Plaque was unveiled at the Bloxwich Fire Station in memory of firefighter Brian Dean who lost his life in the line of duty fifteen years prior. The ceremony was attended by his family, friends, as well as serving and retired firefighters.

Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary said:

“Every Red Plaque represents a firefighter who lost their life in the line of duty. Funded by our Firefighters 100 lottery, these memorials can be found across the UK. Each unveiling ceremony is a moving tribute to a fallen firefighter, with whole communities coming together to remember their service and sacrifice. This plaque will ensure Brian Dean is always remembered.”

Sasha Hitchins, FBU West Midlands Brigade Secretary said:

“We are proud to unveil a red plaque in firefighter Brian Dean’s honour today, fifteen years after he lost his life while responding to an emergency. The plaque will sit proudly in the centre of Bloxwich, at the fire station where he worked. The community he served and protected will be able to visit the plaque, and it will provide a place for reflection and remembrance for all who knew Brian.”

Watch Commander Keith Tilley said:

“Brian was very much loved by everyone. He was really friendly and was always up for a joke – a very happy sort of fellow. He was a bit of an environmentalist and was always telling people to turn lights off and to save paper. But he was kingpin on the watch and everyone listened to what he had to say. He was a leader and carried out an instructor’s role and was a first aider, so he was all about helping other people. He will be sadly missed by us all.”

Chief Fire Officer of West Midlands Fire Service Vij Randeniya said:

“This sad loss shocked us all. The fire service is like an extended family and our hearts and prayers go to his wife, family and loved ones as well as to his friends and colleagues.”

Below are memories added by those who knew Brian Dean or had a story that they wish to share with you. If you have a tribute for Brian Dean that you wish to add, please include your memory below.

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Photo credits: John Harris

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