Eddie Goodman lost his life in the line of duty on the 4th March 1987. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 6th August 2022.
Holywell firefighter Edwin “Eddie” Goodman died after becoming overcome with fumes whilst trying to rescue two agricultural brothers trapped in a grain solo on Plas Captain Farm in Brynford, Clwyd, Wales on the 4th Mary 1987. Sadly, both of the workers also lost their lives in the accident. Eddie had become a retained firefighter in 1982 upon leaving the Royal Navy after he signed up at the age of 17 and he travelled the world during his 11 years of service after training as an electrician. One highlight was clearing mines in the Suez Canal, Egypt. Another was driving Green Goddess auxiliary fire vehicles during the 1977 fire union strike, an experienced that kindled his interest in the fire service.
At his funeral, he was accorded full fire service honours and was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, the Andrew Carnegie Hero’s Medallion, and the Fire Brigade’s Gallantry Medal. Eddie’s Red Plaque was unveiled at Holywell Fire Station where he worked. His widow Lyn Goodman made a brief speech at the unveiling in which she also remembered the families of the two farm brothers who died. Stuart Stanley, FBU North Wales brigade chair, said at the unveiling:
“Eddie Goodman and the sacrifice he made are still remembered in the brigade and in the local community. No one will ever forget such bravery and such a great loss, in such tragic circumstances. This plaque will ensure that future generations of firefighters and the public remember what happened and remember Eddie.”
“Firefighters mourn the loss of every firefighter whatever the circumstances of their passing. The death of a firefighter in the line of duty makes it even more tragic. There is added poignancy when their lives are lost whilst trying to save the lives of others. The FBU’s Red Plaque will help ensure that Eddie and the sacrifice he made will never be forgotten. The Fire Brigades Union is proud to play a part in remembering Eddie and ensuring that his legacy remains remembered”
Today, Eddie is fondly remembered by his family, colleagues, and brothers and sisters in the FBU. His Red Plaque can be found at Holywell Fire Station, North Wales.
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