Firefighters' parents not invited to memorial unveiling

By Connie Osborne Friday 25 April 2014 Updated: 25/04 16:22

THE PARENTS of an Alcester firefighter who lost his life on duty have not attended a plaque unveiling in his memory after the fire service failed to invite them.

The mother and father of 24-year-old Darren Yates-Badley, who died at the scene of the 2007 Atherstone warehouse blaze along with three others, said they did not go to the memorial service at the town's fire station on Wednesday (April 23) because they were not told about the event.

His mother, Amanda, said she only found out about the private ceremony through the local press and was never personally invited by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"We have been left out of such an important thing. I'm his mother, I gave birth to him and I've just been completely forgotten about. We are still fighting to find out what happened that night, we are not in a happy situation at all, then this happens," she said.

"Darren loved working for the service, it was his life. He died doing something he would have been proud of, but he would be disgusted by this, to know how we've been treated.

"I just hope they learn from this and look after other families and support them in the future."

She claimed other families had not received an invite and her husband Steven was sent an e-mail on April 15 explaining they were supposed to be invited to the event but due to a mix up they were not however they were still welcome to attend.

Jim Onions, assistant chief fire officer for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the families of the four men who passed away, including Ashley Stephens, 20, John Averis, 27, and Ian Reid, 44, were all welcome to attend.

He added it was a small private event where station staff could remember their colleagues.

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