The firefighting and emergency services community has paid tribute to one of their colleagues who sadly died last week after falling ill whilst on duty.
Staff from across Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have also offered their condolences to the family and friends of the Firefighter, who has been named as Aston Everett.
On Saturday 2nd January, Aston, aged 54, suffered a brain aneurysm and collapsed while on duty for the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) station in Lexden.
Despite the best efforts of the firefighters on duty, and the paramedics who responded as well as hospital staff and specialists at two hospitals, Aston passed away on Tuesday 5 January.
Aston had been a firefighter at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for 16 years, serving at Chelmsford Fire Station, Clacton Fire Station, Dovercourt Fire Station and most recently, USAR.
A spokesperson for Essex Fire & Rescue Service said that Aston was ‘known for his high standards, principles and dedication’.
Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, said:
“It is with deep sadness that we learned of the loss of Firefighter Aston Everett.
“He was a true friend and valued colleague to so many, as well as a dedicated and brilliant firefighter.
“The dedication he showed to his role and his community shone through, and I hope anyone who knew him can take comfort in the difference he made to so many during his life.
“Our thoughts remain with Aston’s family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time and we will continue to support them in any way that we can.”
Aston leaves behind his wife and three children.
Aston’s friend and colleague, Watch Manager Ben Turner, has set up a Just Giving page.
Watch Manager Turner said:
“Having completed 16 years of service, Aston was soon to become eligible to retire and collect his pension.
“Even in the last few months, knowing that retirement was approaching Aston was still setting himself professional challenges, never wanting to take his foot off the accelerator.
“We are looking to collect enough money to support his family, to ensure that his children don’t go without, to remove the financial burden and enable the family to grieve their loss.
“The target we have set (£32000) is the equivalent to a Firefighters annual salary.”
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