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Tributes to firefighter found dead at Stalybridge Fire Station
Sunday 18th October 2015 @ 20:21 by Nigel Skinner
News Stalybridge

Tributes have been pouring in across social media in memory of firefighter Lee Gaunt, whose body was discovered at Stalybridge Fire Station in the early hours of this morning.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Fire Service said it was utterly devastated by the news and all thoughts were with Lee’s family and the crew at Stalybridge.

They thanked everyone for their messages of sympathy which would be passed on to the firefighter’s family.

Flags are being flown at half mast at every Greater Manchester fire station in his memory.

The 41-year-old, who was on duty, was found hanged at the station by his colleagues.

Lee , 41, was a Crew Manager working the night shift as part of Green Watch when he was discovered by a colleague ‪at 4.40am.

Fire crew members attempted to revive Lee and also called North West Ambulance Service for assistance, but he was sadly pronounced dead a short time afterwards.

County Fire Officer and Chief Executive Peter O’Reilly met with Lee’s colleagues in Stalybridge Fire Station this morning.

He said: “We are devastated by Lee’s death. He was an extremely well liked and popular member of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and we are utterly distraught that he has gone.

“We have contacted everyone on Green Watch this morning and it has left the entire Service in shock.

“Our firefighters are brave people but this will test our strength to the extreme.

“We have three priorities today – to look after Lee’s family, his watch and everyone else who is part of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service family.

“We are all so sad and it will take some time to sink in but we are supporting each other as much as we can.

“In time, through Police investigations and the Coronial process, we will begin to understand what has happened but for now my thoughts are with Lee’s family and all his friends.”