Firefighters in Manchester are mourning the death of a colleague found hanged at the station where he worked.Green Watch crew manager Lee Gaunt, 41, was discovered at 4.40am by colleagues at Stalybridge fire station on Sunday morning and was pronounced dead after they were unable to revive him.
County fire officer Peter O’Reilly 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.”
Mourners also paid tribute to Mr Gaunt on social media, describing him as a “legend”. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service later tweeted to say that it would be flying flags at half-mast in memory of Mr Gaunt.