Hector Keeley

Hector Keeley

Hector lost his life in the line of duty on the 29th July 1950. His Red Plaque was presented on the 29th July 2021, on the 71st anniversary of his death.

Hector was part of the crew that responded to an extensive fire in a barley field on the Fordham Estates in Boreham. He was working with a hose near the tender when witnesses say the Officer in Charge pulled away and dragged Hector under the wheels. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Chelmsford Hospital. At the Inquest, the coroner announced that Hector had fallen, recording a verdict of accidental death.

At the time of his death, Hector had been a firefighter for 20 years, having been made wholetime in 1937. He attended many incidents including fighting the fires during the Blitz in London during the Second World War.

Today, Hector is fondly remembered by his family, colleagues, and brothers and sisters in the FBU. The Red Plaque was unveiled by Hector’s eldest daughter 89 year old Daphne Leeder at The Grange pub and restaurant in Boreham, Chelmsford.

Photo credits: Tam McFarlane

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