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IN REMEMBRANCE

Station Commander Simon Wheatley
Station Manager

Simon Wheatley

June 7 1975 to May 8 2023

Dates of service

May 1999
to
May 2023

It was with deep sadness that we learned of the sudden death on 8 May 2023 of our colleague, Simon Wheatley.

Simon, who was 47, had been Station Manager at Haden Cross Fire Station since December 2021.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are very much with Simon’s family, and everyone who loved and knew him, at this devastating time.

Simon joined West Midlands Fire Service as a new recruit in May 1999. After his initial training he took up his first posting as a Firefighter, at Ward End fire station in Birmingham.

In 2001, he was one of two firefighters who received a Certificate of Congratulations from the Chief Fire Officer. Their professionalism and teamwork resulted in the successful rescue of a five-year-old boy from a severe house fire.

He went on to serve as Leading Firefighter, Sub Officer and Crew Commander at West Bromwich, at our training centre, Smethwick and Tipton.

He became a Watch Commander in May 2009 and served in training roles until December 2010, followed by further station postings at Smethwick, Tipton and Wolverhampton.

He took charge of Smethwick fire station in May 2021, before continuing his Station Manager career with a move to Haden Cross the following December.

Simon made many friends throughout West Midlands Fire Service, and was much-respected for his operational expertise.

He received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 2022. Many people, across several West Midlands communities, are today safer thanks to his 24 years of service.

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

Station Commander Simon Wheatley

Station Manager

Simon Wheatley

7 June 1975 - 8 May 2023

Dates of service

May 1999 to May 2023

Serving locations

Ward End Fire Station
West Bromwich Fire Station
Brigade Training Centre
Smethwick Fire Station
Tipton Fire Station
Wolverhampton Fire Station
Haden Cross Fire Station

It was with deep sadness that we learned of the sudden death on 8 May 2023 of our colleague, Simon Wheatley.

Simon, who was 47, had been Station Manager at Haden Cross Fire Station since December 2021.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are very much with Simon’s family, and everyone who loved and knew him, at this devastating time.

Simon joined West Midlands Fire Service as a new recruit in May 1999. After his initial training he took up his first posting as a Firefighter, at Ward End fire station in Birmingham.

In 2001, he was one of two firefighters who received a Certificate of Congratulations from the Chief Fire Officer. Their professionalism and teamwork resulted in the successful rescue of a five-year-old boy from a severe house fire.

He went on to serve as Leading Firefighter, Sub Officer and Crew Commander at West Bromwich, at our training centre, Smethwick and Tipton.

He became a Watch Commander in May 2009 and served in training roles until December 2010, followed by further station postings at Smethwick, Tipton and Wolverhampton.

He took charge of Smethwick fire station in May 2021, before continuing his Station Manager career with a move to Haden Cross the following December.

Simon made many friends throughout West Midlands Fire Service, and was much-respected for his operational expertise.

He received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 2022. Many people, across several West Midlands communities, are today safer thanks to his 24 years of service.

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

Nichola

I couldn’t believe it was you when I heard the sad news but when I saw your photo, I knew it was you. You hadn’t changed a bit since we were at Dartmouth High School (OK, maybe a few more lines and grey hairs). Where has the time gone.

I was always a bit of a tomboy at school and it doesn’t seem that long since me, you and Lee were hanging around together after school in Redhouse Park.

After we left it looks like you went on to build a successful career in the fire service and you were well liked by lots of people and will be sorely missed.

Sincere condolences to your family at this sad time.

Goodbye Si and God Bless

Latif Rehman
From
NHS

Never knew you mate but your a hero to me and our community, thank you for serving us and also protecting us, men such as Simon are selfless and honourable and for that we appreciate you and wish you well on the rest of your journey. May God Almighty grant the bereaved family peace and patience at this moment of grief and loss. God speed and God bless Ameen.

Ann Smith

My heart goes out to your family and colleagues.

Thank you for your service. A hero.

RIP

Emma Harris

Sending love and thoughts to you sir and to your family.

Thank you for your service.

Paul Henderson

Totally sorry for the loss of a good fireman who cared for others more than himself, my heart goes out to his family who will miss him,

Caitlyn Judd

Rest in paradise, Simon. Thank you for your service.

My thoughts are you your family , friends and colleagues.

Joy Ridgway

On behalf of the late Station office Roger Humphries, his family would like to send sincere condolences…..RIP

Heather Sealey

RIP Thank you for your service

Susan Harris

RIP Simon. Thankyou for all your loyal service to your community. Thinking of all of you.

Lesley Jones
From
West Midlands Police

Our 999 family has lost an diamond. You always made time to say hello, gave a warm smile and had a story to tell. You are missed more than you will know.

You may not have been my direct commander, but you always had my back. Rest in Peace my ginger friend.

Patricia Rose Cornford

Rest in peace Simon, your work on earth is done. Thank you for your unfailing work with West Midlands Fire Service.

Condolences to your family and friends.

God Bless ???.

Sharon Hadlington

I am truly sorry to read of your passing . Reading through your story and how many people loved you and regarded you as a true friend was very heart warning . I am thinking of all your family and friends at this sad time. Sleep peacefully

Tina Goldsmith-ryan

Thank you Simon for all your brave actions and for saving so many people from fire's rest in peace ✌ sweetheart you shall be missed by many ttxxxxxxx

Simon Hewitt

On behalf of Firefighters For Christ, our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and work colleagues of Simon at this sad time??

Richard Miller

Prayers for your family, friends and colleagues at such a sad time. Thank you for your dedication and service. R.i.P Simon

Julie Roberts

Sending deepest condolences and love from one fire service family to another x

John Paskin

Such a tragic event, RIP Simon, Thank you for your service.

Julie Phipps

Resp in peace Simon. I will remember you as you walked in haden cross always a smile and a sincere good morning to us.

Mark Cottrell

Simon it was a real honour to work with you down the Fire house you were always very professional and knowledgeable about anything to do with the brigade. Rest easy brother.

Andrew Morgan
From
E div golf society

Today will be a difficult today for everyone involved.

We have a society match at Perton tomorrow we will all remember you then. God bless.

Andy Morgan and E div golf society

Antony Clewer
From
West Midlands Fire Service Safeside

Such alot of Memories of Simon who I met doing various exercises with him as I'm a WMFS Volunteer. My thoughts are with his Family, Friends and Crew Mates. R.I.P Simon.

Vina

Such a shock when I heard the sad news of Simon’s passing. A tragic loss. Didn’t know him well, but he was always pleasant when we spoke. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time. Wishing him peace.

Such a sad loss, my condolences to Simon's family, rest easy and at peace mate

To all of Si’s family and friends I can only imagine the emotional pain you are in, and my thoughts are with you all. It is with heartfelt sadness I write this, I’ve known Si for quite a few years and worked with him for several years at the Training Centre, where he supported so many trainee firefighters to achieve their NVQ. It was a pleasure to watch him grow and excel as an Officer with people always being at the centre. Only recently Si shared an idea with me about a new process, just to let you know Si, I was listening and yes, people are at the centre. Si, you will be forever loved and missed xx

Hi Simon, We are friends of ur beautiful mom Glynn, To read so many beautiful and loving words from so many people near and far who looked up to u and saw the kind and caring man u were with everyone around u, We got to know of u through ur mom and Di who told us what a great and loving father to ur 3 boys u were and how missed ur going to be those who truly loved u will love u forever and ur memory will remain in the hearts of those u got to know and love, we will take care of ur mom and we will be by her side whenever she needs us rest in peace Simon thoughts always xx

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