Robert lost his life in the line of duty on the 31st of October 2002. His Red Plaque was presented on the 28th of October 2018.
Robert, known to all as Bob, was a firefighter at Leicester’s Eastern Fire Station. He was fatally injured at the age of forty-four while searching for people to evacuate from a severe fire in a disused factory. He left behind two teenage sons.
Bob was one of around ninety firefighters sent to respond to a fire in an old hosiery factory on Morledge Street in the early hours of the morning. By the time Bob’s crew arrived, the top two floors of the three-storey building were alight. Once he was inside the building searching for occupants to evacuate, Bob fell through a floor and was fatally injured. As the first death in the line of duty in Leicestershire Fire and Rescue for over twenty-five years, Bob’s passing greatly affected firefighters and the community across the county.
Today, Bob is fondly remembered by his family and colleagues, and his brothers and sisters in the FBU and the fire service. His memorial can be found on the wall of Morledge Street building where he died, now named The Atrium.
Photo credits: Frances Stephenson and Fire Brigades Union