Death announced of Castle Donington fire officer while on duty

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have announced that crew manager Paul Wilkens passed away on the morning of Tuesday, August 23 whilst on duty at the Castle Donington Fire and Rescue station.

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Crew Manager Paul Wilkens had a son, daughter and two stepchildren

It has been announced that a Leicestershire firefighter died whilst on duty at a Castle Donington fire station.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have announced that crew manager Paul Wilkens passed away on the morning of Tuesday, August 23 while on duty at the Castle Donington Fire and Rescue station.

The fire service has not yet given any details of how he died.

In a statement chief fire and rescue officer Steve Lunn said: “The whole service is devastated and shocked at the sudden and tragic loss of our friend and colleague.

“Paul was a consummate professional who had a huge energy and zest for life.

“During his career in the fire service, and prior to that the armed forces, he touched and influenced many lives and his loss is immeasurable.”

Paul had served at Castle Donington Fire Station since August 2014

Paul had served at Castle Donington Fire Station since August 2014

Mr Wilkens had previously served in the armed forces, in the Corps of Royal Engineers.

A JustGiving page to support his partner, daughter, son and two stepchildren has already raised thousands of pounds.

A tribute on the page said he was affectionately known as TL – due to his “too loud” presence.

“TL was certainly larger than life itself; you certainly knew when TL entered a room, a party and even an incident,” the tribute said.

“He was incredibly positive and tremendously kind.”

Steve Lunn continued: “At this hugely sad time our primary concerns are very much focused on Paul’s partner, his children and his immediate and close family.

“As a service, we are doing everything we possibly can to support them. I am sure you will recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for Paul’s family and we ask you to respect their privacy as they come to terms with their loss.

“Likewise, I am sure you will also recognise that Paul’s death has had a profound impact on all of our staff, especially those that worked most closely with him.

“As such, if there are any requests for further information connected with this tragic event, they should be directed to the chief fire and rescue officer, via corporate communications.”