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The Manchester firefighter who died in the line of duty answering a call from one of the city's busiest stations

In the early hours of May 12 1996 firefighter John Ogden was in a crew responding to a 999 call. He was a member of White Watch, based at Gorton, in Manchester's inner-city.

His job couldn't have more on the frontline. The inner-city station's number of turnouts was exceptional. In the previous year 3,360 incidents had been recorded with 8000 mobilisations.

A call at 5.02am was the shift's ninth, the previous one being a major fire at a halls of residence in Rusholme. John and colleagues got into a new N-registered Volvo Saxon appliance.

They were driving towards Rushford Avenue, in Levenshulme, where someone had deliberately set fire to a car. En route they reached the junction of Slade Lane and the A6 Stockport Road.

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On the way John helped the driver with directions and was pulling up his over trousers, stood up in a crouched position. The vehicle was travelling at between 23 and 30 mph. Without warning the door of the cab opened and John fell out.

The 40-year-old loving father, from Audenshaw, fractured his skull. He was helped at the scene by his crew and taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary. He died on May 15.

Now, 26 years later his sacrifice has been remembered with the installation of a Fire Brigades Union Red Plaque on a shop wall near where he was injured. The unveiling of it on Saturday was followed by a ceremony at Gorton Monastery attended by his family and former colleagues.

Matthew Fryer, Greater Manchester Fire Brigades Union brigade organiser said: “John Ogden was a well-loved colleague and friend. His passing is remembered and known about amongst our firefighting community in Manchester, but this plaque

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