Maryhill Fire Station plaque honors firefighter who lost his life in a fire 50 years ago

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Adrian McGill, who was 34, allegedly gave the woman his oxygen mask in an attempt to save her life on November 18, 1972.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Author: Collette McGoniglePosted 37 minutes ago

A plaque has been unveiled for a Glasgow firefighter who died trying to rescue a woman trapped in a fire 50 years ago.

Adrian McGill, who was 34, allegedly gave the woman his oxygen mask in an attempt to save her life on November 18, 1972.

The fire broke out in a store, 200 people had to be evacuated from the smoky area and 50 families were left homeless after the fire.

The plaque was unveiled at Maryhill Fire Station on Friday afternoon.

Four other firefighters were treated for injuries, including one who fell 30 feet.

Mr McGill’s body was found with signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and, tragically, the woman also died.

He was married with three children and his youngest child was only eight months old.

The firefighter was the eighth Glasgow firefighter to die in a blaze in three months, with seven dead in the Kilbirnie Street Textile Warehouse fire in August, and the 27th to have died in the previous 12 years.

The honor will be part of the firefighters union red plaque program which commemorates firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said: “Firefighters will always do all they can to save lives. Adrian McGill’s bravery extended to giving his life in an attempt to save another.

“It’s so important that what he did will never be forgotten. Red plaques help firefighters feel connected to those who came before them and help them honor those who lost their lives in the exercise of their functions.

“The Firefighters Union is proud and privileged to play a role in ensuring that Adrian McGill is remembered.”

Seona Hart, FBU Scotland Regional Treasurer, said: “Adrian McGill made a split-second decision out of concern for someone else, a stranger he had never met before, and a decision which he would have known to involve enormous risk.

“It is self-sacrifice on an almost indescribable scale. There is a quote that says there is no more moving symbol of our humanity to others than a fire engine. Adrian McGill and what that he did personify that.

“This plaque will ensure the community of Glasgow knows of the sacrifice Adrian McGill made, and it will help Glasgow firefighters remember one of their own.”

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