John Ogden

John Ogden

John was killed in the line of duty on the 15th May 1996. His Red Plaque was presented on the 14th May 2022.

A father of two, John was a member of white watch, based at Gorton Fire Station in Manchester’s inner city. John sustained injuries when he fell from a fire engine which was on its way to attend a car fire on the 12th May 1996. He later died from his injuries, three days later. An inquest into the incident found the locking mechanism on the then-new fire engine appeared to have shut but had not.

John’s Red Plaque unveiling ceremony was attended by his friends and family. Matthew Fryer, FBU Greater Manchester Brigade Organiser said:

“John Ogden was a well-loved colleague and friend. His passing is remembered and known about amongst our firefighting community in Manchester, but this plaque will ensure that the local community does not forget what he gave. Manchester’s firefighters have a close relationship with the community and we hope that this will only further help the people of Manchester understand the sacrifices firefighters make and in particular John Ogden’s story.”

Today, John is remembered by his friends, family, and brothers and sisters in the fire service. His Red Plaque was unveiled close to the site of the accident, at the junction of Slade Lane and Stockport Road.


Photo credits: Mark Waugh

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