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IN REMEMBRANCE

July 7 1980 to July 4 2023

Dates of service

November 1999
to
July 2023

The disappearance of Crew Manager Iain Hughes (42) in June 2023 was devastating for Iain’s family and friends, and all of us here at West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS).

After two years’ intensive training, Iain had been attempting to swim the English Channel to raise funds for three charities.

Tragically, he went missing during the swim. His body was later located in waters off Belgium.

Iain was married and had two children. He joined WMFS in 1999, at the age of 19, and went on to serve at several of our fire stations. He was a highly-respected and much-loved colleague and friend to many.

If you would like to share memories of Iain, or express your condolences to his family, please do so here.

Iain Hughes

Crew Manager

Iain Hughes

7 July 1980 - 4 July 2023

Dates of service

November 1999 to July 2023

Serving locations

Bournbrook Fire Station
Billesley Fire Station
Tipton Fire Station
Wolverhampton Fire Station
Tettenhall Fire Station
Bilston Fire Station
Brierley Hill Fire Station
Stourbridge Fire Station
Wednesbury Fire Station (Technical Rescue)

The disappearance of Crew Manager Iain Hughes (42) in June 2023 was devastating for Iain’s family and friends, and all of us here at West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS).

After two years’ intensive training, Iain had been attempting to swim the English Channel to raise funds for three charities.

Tragically, he went missing during the swim. His body was later located in waters off Belgium.

Iain was married and had two children. He joined WMFS in 1999, at the age of 19, and went on to serve at several of our fire stations. He was a highly-respected and much-loved colleague and friend to many.

If you would like to share memories of Iain, or express your condolences to his family, please do so here.

Karen Ward

to my beloved Mel Grayson Eden I am absolutely devasted to hear of your loss The pain must be unbearable How will you understand why God took such kind loving charitable fire fighter?? If you ever need to talk 07795073764 All my love Karen and my Springer Dotti xxx

Jayne Keay

Taken whilst considering others. Rest in peace. Condolences,thoughts and prayers to family who should be immensely proud of Iain's selfless endeavour.

Alexander Milligan

R.I.P brother, may there always be an angel by your side. Ex Glasgow Fire Service.

So sad to hear of Iain’s passing. We share your grief and know what you’re going through as a family with our own recent heartache. Be proud of your man and what he achieved, one hell of a guy. RIP Iain

Wheatley Family

David William Vaatstra
From
South Wales fire & rescue service

RiP Iain, from all in SWF&RS,

William Bye

Didn't know you Brother, but RIP and Condolences to your remaining family.

Tom Hartley

I remember the first day Iain came to Bournbrook fire station as a probationer firefighter. He had an innocent quality about him for such a powerful man. Everyime he was called to duty there appeared to be a wonder in his eyes and always a willingness to give 100%. A man who worked and played hard. An outstanding achiever. He was a great addition to a great Watch, getting on well with everyone. I will miss him. RIP Iain.

Paul Hartill

Never knew you but someone had a Lead Fire Fighter as a Dad, and felt I should thank you for your service, courage and dedication to the communities you kept safe for many years.

Such a sad loss for your family, friends and colleagues in the fire service.

Hopefully it is some consolation to see so many words of sympathy and support.

God Bless ....RIP x

Your contribution should quite rightly

Neil Layland
From
Ex south wales fire and rescue service

My condolences to the family and the service family, very sad times.

Joanna Flynn

My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time. ??️❤️

Janet Adams

Stand down, rest easy your time is done. Your service & selfless actions are appreciated more than you could have ever imagined. Thank You.

Paul Donnelly

R I. P

David Smith
From
HEREFORD &WORCESTER FRS (Retired

Thoughts and prayers go out to Iain Hughes family friends and West Midland Fire Service colleagues at this very difficult time. Taken from us whilst raising funds for charity, stand Down Iain, duty done. R.I.P. in Peace

Thorpe

❤️

From one thin red line family to another. We are with you.

roberta Gray

Thanks for your service to the community

Kirsty Potts

Thoughts are with the family at the sad time... RIP IAN.... ????

Jayne Evans

God bless a true hero fly high x

Vicky Smith
From
CICU, Sydney Children’s Hospital

Iain



We work with your beautiful sister Michelle. While we live on the other side of the world we heard so many wonderful things about you that it truly felt like we knew you.

We could feel how well loved you are as an amazing brother, husband, son, dad, firefighter and hero.



So much love to all your family.



From all the nurses, doctors and staff in the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, Sydney xx

Shaun Dakin

Hughsey I can’t believe you’ve gone, but no way will you ever be forgotten.

Those big folded arms

The soft chuckle

The dry sense of humour

The fantastic officer

The fantastic family man

RIP Iain you’ll never be forgotten

Shaun

Thinking of your family and friends today. Such a tragic loss to a young firefighter. RIP

VICTORIA Stone

You gave your life for others in charity and work...you were a all round angel on earth .now your a angel of the heavens sending love and light to guide all that will need it.

Michelle Croucher

Thank you for your service may you rest in eternal peace.



Sending love to all your family and friends x

Jones

Thank you for your service, such a tragedy ? R.I.P, thinking of his family x

Dave Cooper
From
WMFS

Gone but never forgotten, may fond memories of Iain live on in your hearts and minds.



Prayers, strength and peace to loving Mel, children and family



God bless Cooper

Sarah McTaggart
From
west midlands fire service

What can I say that hasn't already been said ?.

The best people always seem to be called home early, and you were one of the very best.



Sending your wife, kids and family my deepest condolences and love.

Take care XX

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