Malcom died in the line of duty on the 2nd February 1992. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 30th anniversary of his death, on the 2nd February 2022, in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
Malcolm attended a fire at a large furniture and carpet store in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. It was reported that a young mother and child were inside the store and so Malcolm and a fellow firefighter went into the building to search for them. Both suffered with extreme heat exhaustion and Malcolm was found by an emergency breathing apparatus crew, collapsed inside the store. However, it was later found that the mother and child had in fact earlier managed to escape through a window.
Ben Selby, Fire Brigades Union vice president and executive council member for the East Midlands, said:
“Leading firefighter Malcolm Kirton was a popular firefighter and loving family man with two young children. He gave the ultimate sacrifice in trying to save the lives of others. His bravery and what he gave cannot be forgotten, and this plaque will help to ensure this is the case. It will have a prominent position in the local community, and will be a fitting tribute to Malcolm.”
Malcom is remembered fondly by his family, friends, and his brothers and sisters throughout the fire service and FBU. His Red Plaque was unveiled at Elm Cottage Pub, 138 Church Street, Gainsborough, nearest the site where he died.