John lost his life in the line of duty on the 23rd of January 2008. His Red Plaque was presented on the anniversary of his death, the 23rd of January 2019.
A Watch Manager at Alloa Fire Station, John was on his way to a callout at Strathdevon Primary School in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, when his fire appliance was involved in a fatal accident. With more than twenty years of experience in the fire service, the forty-six-year-old left behind his wife, Lorraine, and two children.
John was in the appliance responding to a call for help from a nearby primary school when the driver attempted to turn into a bend and the vehicle’s steering stopped responding. The appliance left the road and collided with a tree near the town of Tillicoultry, killing John. The call was later found to be a false alarm.
Described as ‘a gentleman and true family man’, John is fondly remembered by his family and colleagues. As his commemorative plaque was unveiled, Denise Christie, Regional Secretary of the FBU in Scotland, said ‘John’s death was a tragedy that every firefighter felt. The Red Plaque scheme is a fitting tribute to the ultimate sacrifice.’ His memorial can be found at Strathdevon Primary School.
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