Firefighter, 37, collapses and dies at work
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.”