MESSAGES of support have flocked in to Greater Manchester Fire
and Rescue Service (GMFRS) from across the world following the
tragic death of Firefighter Stephen Hunt.
The Service has been overwhelmed and very humbled by the
To help make it easier for the public to express their thoughts
and share their wishes, books of condolence have been set up and
they will be given to Stephen's family.
There is a book of condolence at the scene of the fire in Oldham
Street where the GMFRS Community Event Vehicle has been set up to
allow members of the public a quiet place to gather for reflection
- and there have already been long queues to sign the book.
There are also books of condolence at Philip's Park Fire Station
where Stephen was based and in the reception area of Fire Service
Headquarters in Bolton Road, Swinton.
A digital book of condolence is also available on the GMFRS
website, which can be accessed via the homepage or by clicking on
the following link http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/updates/condolences.aspx
On this page you will also find a button you can click on to
donate to a fund which has been set up in Stephen's memory. All
money raised will go to Stephen's dependants.
Stephen was one of around 60 firefighters tackling a fire at
Paul's Hair World on Saturday, July 13, when he got into
difficulties inside the building at around 8.35pm.
The 38-year-old father-of-two, who is based on Blue Watch, was
rescued from the building by his colleagues and treated at the
scene by the ambulance service before being taken to hospital.
Sadly he was pronounced dead shortly after.
His colleague, who was also rescued from the building, was
treated at the scene for his injures and taken to hospital for
treatment. He has left hospital and is now recovering with his
County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk said: "The support we have
received from the public of Greater Manchester and community
groups, as well as other emergency services - not just from across
the UK but from across the world - has been phenomenal.
"We have books of condolence set up at various locations as well
as on our website and we've already received thousands of messages,
not to mention the wishes that have been given via Twitter and
"Every single message means so much to us as a Service and to
Stephen's colleagues and friends, and we are truly grateful for the
support. All condolence messages will be passed onto Stephen's
family and friends.
"We are still in a state of shock to be honest and it's a very
difficult time for everyone in the Service - to lose a firefighter
is an absolute tragedy and everyone is feeling a deep sense of