An instructor found dead after a celebration at West Yorkshire Fire Service's headquarters was today named as Watch Manager Tony Wilson.
Mr Wilson,45, was found to have died following an end-of-course graduation dinner at the training school at the Oakroyd Hall headquarters in Birkenshaw in the early hours of Wednesday April 1.
Mr Wilson who lived in the Leeds area and leaves a wife and two children,h ad been a member of the Service for 19 years.. Police earlier said that it was believed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and an inquest will be opened later.
A spokesman said West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was "shocked and saddened" at the loss of "Watch Manager Tony Wilson" who was "an incredibly popular firefighter" and died last Wednesday morning following his attendance at a graduation dinner held at fire HQ in Birkenshaw.
"Tony loved being a member of Training Centre staff, enjoying the camaraderie, the special friendships that developed over time, but above all he was proud of what he achieved as a squad instructor of trainee firefighters," said the spokesman
The fire-fighter joined the service in 1990 and served at Dewsbury, Pudsey, Bramley and Stanningley fire stations before being promoted to Morley as a crew manager. He transferred to the Training Centre in early 2008 and quickly turned his skills and energy to teaching and guiding new recruits.
It was clear he realised that he had found his true vocation in life and became entirely committed to the cause of helping his students, said the spokesman. His legacy would undoubtedly live on in the many firefighters he trained.
"Tony's focus, the values and standards he maintained and his dedication to work with others were without question," added the spokesman.