Tragic firefighter a pillar of community; TRIBUTES: Heart attack victim was vital support to warehouse death families.
Byline: Michael Corley
A FIREFIGHTER who helped support the families of colleagues who perished in the Warwickshire warehouse disaster has died, aged 44.
John Giles was on holiday with his family in Jamaica when he collapsed with a suspected heart attack.
Tributes have poured in for the public-spirited officer, who has been described as a "pillar of the community".
Mr Giles, who was stationed at Coleshill Fire station, and lived nearby in Skye Close, started his career as a retained firefighter In the United Kingdom, retained firefighters, also known as retained duty system firefighters are part-time or on-call professional firefighters who have full-time employment outside of the fire service but respond to emergency calls in their local area when required. six years ago.
A volunteer member of the trauma support team, he provided invaluable emotional support for the colleagues and families of the victims of the Atherstone tragedy in November, 2007.
In recognition of his efforts - the team counselled more than 500 people after the Atherstoneon-Stour disaster - Mr Giles, who lived in Coleshill, was handed an award at the county council's recent Gem Awards.
In addition, he volunteered to run the Coleshill branch of the Young Firefighters Association - organising fundraising events to pay for annual adventure holidays. Mr Giles also coached the Coleshill United under-eights football team and ran local mini-soccehaving recently earned an FA coaching certificate.
A lover of sports and the outdoors, he also earned a scuba diving scuba diving
Swimming done underwater with a self-contained underwater-breathing apparatus (scuba), as opposed to skin diving, which requires only a snorkel, goggles, and flippers. Scuba gear was invented by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan in 1943. certificate, and was due to fly in a glider, an ambition that will now be completed by his partner Karen Moore.
Karen, who lived with Mr Giles for five years, was with him in Jamaica at the time of his death on June 17. She said his body has only just been flown home.
She said: "John was a genuine man who always said it as he saw it. But you couldn't help but be his friend whether you'd known him for five minutes or for years.
"He was the bad boy done good.
He was loveable and unforgettable."
Firefighter Loukas Dionysatis, who worked with Mr Giles, paid tribute. "John was committed and dedicated to his job as a firefighter and as a YFA YFA Young Furniture Associates (AWFS chapter)
YFA Your Friend Always
YFA You're Freaking Amazing (polite form) Group leader and instructor. He was always helpful and never put himself first, he was always there for everybody else," he said.
"He enjoyed that role more when he became a trauma support debriefer.
"John put his heart and soul into his work, not resting until the job was done. He had the ability to raise even the dampest of spirits with his characteristic cheeky smile and fantastic sense of humour Noun 1. sense of humour - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humor, humor, humour .
"We must always remember John as he looked at life, as an adventure which ended early but he made the most of every minute."
Mr Giles leaves his own children, Katie and Samantha and partner Karen's children Sian, aged 16, Paige 14, and sevenyear-old Kieran.
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Donations should be sent to Coleshill Fire Station, where it is hoped a memorial garden will be created in his honour.
COMMITTED AND DEDICATED... firefighter John Giles with members of the Coleshill Young Firefighters Association.