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A PLAQUE dedicated to the memory of Firefighter Stephen Hunt has been unveiled on the building where he lost his life fighting a fire in Manchester City Centre on July 13, 2013.
Wreaths were laid by Firefighter Hunt's family and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's County Fire Officer, Steve McGuirk, before his colleagues heard The Firefighter's Prayer and fell silent in Firefighter Hunt's memory.
The ceremony was held on Oldham Street and attended by Stephen's family, his watch, County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk and representatives from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority and Manchester City Council.
CFO Steve McGuirk said: "Shortly after Stephen died his colleagues asked if there was some way we could mark the spot where Stephen fell.
"They felt it would be nice to have somewhere where his family, his friends and the public of Greater Manchester could remember what happened and that someone gave their life on behalf of the community.
"We felt it was a fantastic idea and were able to enjoy the support of Manchester City Council, who helped us install and unveil this plaque today.
"To bring this to fruition in just a few months shows the strength of feeling from Manchester City Council and the wider community of Greater Manchester towards Stephen.
"I would like to thank Manchester City Council and the elected members of the Greater Manchester Fire Authority for giving us their support."
A memorial service for Firefighter Hunt will be held on Sunday July 13, 2014 at St Ann's Church, St Ann's Square, Manchester at 2pm.