Ewan lost his life in the line of duty on the 12th of July 2009. His Red Plaque was presented on the anniversary of his death, the 12th of July 2018.
A firefighter on the Green Watch at Tollcross Fire Station, Ewan died while tackling a fire in the former Balmoral Bar on Edinburgh’s Dalry Road. At the time of his death, Ewan was thirty-five and living with his girlfriend.
Ewan was among the first of around seventy firefighters to respond to a fire that started in the basement of the Balmoral Bar and led to seventeen people being evacuated from surrounding homes. While attempting to leave the bar, Ewan was separated from his partner and became trapped when a floor collapsed. As the only firefighter killed on duty in the region since the early 1990s, Ewan’s death deeply affected the service. Following an enquiry, improvements were made to communications and other procedures across Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service.
Ewan is fondly remembered by his family, friends and colleagues, as well as his brothers and sisters in the service and the FBU. His memorial can be found on Dalry Road outside the former Balmoral Bar where he lost his life, now known as Benson’s Bar.
Photo credits: Douglas Robertson