John lost his life in the line of duty on the 6th September 1993, alongside his colleague David Morris. Their Red Plaque was presented on the 9th July 2021.
John was killed whilst fighting a fire at Hereford’s Sun Valley poultry plant at Grandstand Road, Hereford. As a Retained firefighter from Leominster Fire Station, John was working in Hereford the day of the fire and so booked himself as available for duty with the Hereford Retained unit. He responded to the fire at the factory, which started in a unit for defrosting meat. Insulation panels in the factory ceiling meant that smoke and flames were unnoticed travelling through the roof space and collapsed the ceilings.
Their Red Plaque was presented on the 9th July 2021 at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum which is on the boundary of the two stations (Leominster and Hereford) where David and John were stationed and its position at an arboretum was deemed fitting as it is in itself a place of remembrance.
Today, John is fondly remembered by his family, former colleagues, and brothers and sisters in the FBU. David and John’s Red Plaque can be found at Queenswood Country Park in Hereford.
Photo credits: John Harris