FR Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes, a Department of National Defence firefighter, was killed on 8 July 1988 while on duty at CFB Goose Bay in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.  Along with his duty crew, he was responding to a request for assistance from a Tornado fighter aircraft that was forced to engage the arrestor gear during an emergency landing.  While the Crash Rescue crew were attempting to release the aircraft from the cable, FR-3 Hughes was struck by an arrestor hook and sustained serious head injuries.  He was rushed to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Mr Hughes was a structural firefighter with the Department of Transport at Goose Bay for many years and had joined the Department of National Defence Crash Fire Rescue Department at 5 Wing Goose Bay in April 1987.  His funeral was at St. Andrews Anglican Church and was attended by a very large number of mourners, including all local off duty firefighters in their dress uniform. The tragedy of Nick's untimely death was felt by the entire community, and it was especially painful for those who worked so closely with him on a daily basis.  Nick had earned the respect of both rookie and veteran firefighters, and his easygoing, friendly manner, both on and off the job, endeared him to so many who were fortunate enough to have known him.  A plaque in his memory is proudly displayed in the 5 Wing Goose Bay Fire Department, and his legacy is shared with those who didn't have the pleasure of knowing with him.  Nick was married to Joan, and they had two children, their son Robert and daughter,