John lost his life in the line of duty on the 22nd of March 1989. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 30th anniversary of his death, the 22nd of March 2019.
A firefighter on the Blue Watch at Stanground Fire Station, John was killed by a major explosion while bravely responding to an industrial fire in the Fengate area of Peterborough. He was forty-one at the time of his death.
John’s watch responded to an emergency call alerting them to a blaze in an industrial estate, where a lorry carrying explosives and detonators had caught fire. As he responded, John was killed by the subsequent explosion which injured a further 107 people. His death deeply affected firefighters across the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.
John is permanently remembered with gratitude across Cambridgeshire and the Fire and Rescue Service. His Plaque can be found in a quiet park in Peterborough, where it commemorates his ultimate sacrifice and acts as a testament to the dangers firefighters face every day. Local FBU members have also commissioned a memorial bell to be installed at John’s station, Stanground, which will be rung every year on the anniversary of his death.
Photo credits: Peter Everard Smith