Fire­fighter, 37, col­lapses and dies at work

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

A pop­u­lar fire­fighter died af­ter col­laps­ing sud­denly at work.

De­voted dad-of-two Danny Hax­ton, 37, fell ill just min­utes into his shift on Sun­day, July 16, and col­leagues were un­able to re­sus­ci­tate him.

His wife, Nikki Hax­ton-Jones, had been cel­e­brat­ing her 37th birth­day at home in Whit­stable Road, Faver­sham, with their chil­dren, Olivia, 10, and Harry, eight, at the time.

“It still hasn’t sunk in for me, it’s like I’m liv­ing a bizarre dream,” she said.

“He was re­ally healthy, he didn’t smoke or drink, he used the gym be­fore he started his shifts. He was as strong as an ox.”

Mr Hax­ton was a watch man­ager at Beck­en­ham fire sta­tion in Brom­ley, where he col­lapsed and died at about 9pm.

Two se­nior of­fi­cers from the Lon­don Fire Bri­gade ac­com­pa­nied Mrs Hax­tonJones to the cap­i­tal later that night, where she had to break the tragic news to her in-laws.

Mr Hax­ton and his wife had been to­gether for 18 years and mar­ried for five years af­ter meet­ing dur­ing fresh­ers’ week at uni­ver­sity in Lu­ton.

He was a tal­ented sports­man, pre­vi­ously play­ing Amer­i­can foot­ball for the Can­ter­bury­based East Kent Mav­er­icks and more re­cently cricket for Faver­sham, where he was vice­cap­tain.

The day be­fore his death he had won his first game as stand-in cap­tain.

Club sec­re­tary Vince Tay­lor says Mr Hax­ton was en­joy­ing his best sea­son in 10 years with the side. He said: “He will be leav­ing not just a hole in the field, but a mas­sive hole in all our hearts at the club, too.”

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