Wilfred McLaughlan

Wilfred McLaughlan

Wilfred died in the line of duty on the 25th April 1972. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 19th November 2021.

Wilfred was fatally injured when a roof collapsed at the former Oldham Batteries building in Denton, Greater Manchester during a fire, injuring three other firefighters too. Wilfred had been Officer-in-Charge of Phillips Park fire station since it opened in 1967. He was three days away from retirement when he died six weeks after the fire on 25th April at age 55. The fire was Wilfred’s last night on duty.

Chief Fire Officer Harry Lomas said: “He was a man who always had my greatest respect.” Coroner Donald Summerfield said: “This brave man was only a few days off retirement. At every fire, firemen take their lives into their hands but it does not deter them.”

While Wilfred has no traceable family members, he is fondly remembered by his friends, brothers and sisters in the FBU. His Red Plaque was unveiled nearest to the site of his death at the Tameside Wellness Centre – Denton.

Photo credits: Jason Lock

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