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Firefighter mother to unveil memorial

Ewan Williamson
Ewan Williamson died in the Balmoral pub fire in Edinburgh

A memorial plaque in remembrance of Edinburgh firefighter Ewan Williamson is to be unveiled by his mother later this month.

The Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service firefighter died rescuing people from a blaze in the Balmoral Bar on Dalry Road in Edinburgh last July.

Twenty people were safely evacuated, but the 35-year-old lost his life.

He is the first Edinburgh-based firefighter to die battling a blaze in living memory.

The fire service is to pay lasting tribute to Mr Williamson by placing a plaque outside their headquarters in Lauriston Place.

He will never be forgotten and the plaque will serve as a permanent reminder to his ultimate sacrifice
Linda Williamson
Mother

The memorial will be unveiled by his mother Linda Williamson, and the book of condolence and pictures from the day of his funeral will go on display in the Museum of Fire.

Mrs Williamson said that the plaque, which is to be unveiled on 26 April at 1000 BST, would be a "permanent reminder" of her son's sacrifice.

She added: "Ewan was joy and smiles, laughter and fun, and had a passion for life and his work.

"We are so proud of him and the love and happiness he gave to us all.

"He will never be forgotten and the plaque will serve as a permanent reminder to his ultimate sacrifice."

'Unerring dedication'

Chief Fire Officer Brian Allaway, of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, said: "A number of events have taken place since Ewan's death to mark his passing and the respect that we all have for our colleague who died in such tragic circumstances.

"The recent deaths of two firefighters in Hampshire only serve to remind us of the dangers faced by fire and rescue service personnel across the UK as they go to work each day, committed to protecting the public from the threat of fire and other dangers.

"No-one can be in any doubt that the people who fulfil this duty do so with an unerring dedication to this crucial role in the community. Sadly they are the ones who face the risks, that is some cases, can prove fatal.

"When any service loses a member of their family the shockwaves are felt across the whole fire and rescue community and we mourned for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service when we heard their terrible news as we know the pain such a loss brings."



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