In Loving Memory of

Balchy 5

Firefighter Paul Balch (Balchy)





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Karen Benton

As we close this book of condolence for one very ‘smiley Balchy”, we hope you will see how much he was loved and respected as both a colleague and friend to all of us at ESFRS. RIP Firefighter Paul Balch …


Matt Pearce

Balchy you were truly one of the friendliest blokes you could meet, we crossed paths many times since I joined the service both working on red watch’s, working together outside of work and neighbours in the locker room. Always with a smile and positive outlook, you will be sadly missed… …


Tony Collins

Baulchy.  I’m going to miss your big smile and even bigger heart. We attended many incidents together and even in the toughest of situations you always managed to bring joy. Rest easy big man ! …


Natalie Weston

I only had the opportunity to work on the same station as Balchy for a few months, but right from day one he was so welcoming, always had a big smile and time for a chat. You will be greatly missed Paul. Xx …


Matt Carapiet

Balchy, never saw you without a smile mate, you were always a pleasure to be around both in work and out. A true gent and one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. You will be sorely missed, my sincere condolences go out to your family. Rest easy mate X …


Andy Evans

I started my whole time Service On RED Watch Stn 09. Paul was just one of the characters that made up Red Watch. But Paul was the guy that always smiled, Lived life to its fullist and Knew how to make you laugh.  Paul was A Great Fire Fighter and a Team player and …


Alex Lau

Brother Balch, I met you on my very first day at The Ridge, you were warm, welcoming and made me feel instantly at ease. You were exactly the same way at every change over, over time shift and night out I saw you at over the last 10 years. I was never lucky enough …


Jim Heighway

Balchy, the man with the golden smile, a glint in his eyes and a colossal heart. It’s been an absolute privilege to have known you mate…. a role model to all. My thoughts are with your wonderful family. Rest in peace mate x …


Richard Beale

Balchy.  One of those people who never had a bad word to say about anyone and I never heard anyone say a bad word about you. A huge loss to everyone, you will be missed by all.  …


Jamie Barry

Balchy, one of life’s good guys. Many times in life our paths have crossed. I was so pleased when we joined the service together as I knew I had a true ally. We worked together so much in the early days and remained close friends. Your smile will be remembered forever. Your legacy will …


Ady Carrick

R.I.P. Paul your smiley face and happy personality will be greatly missed by all, especially on the golf course,  my sincere condolences go out especially to your family and all your friends and colleagues.  Nice knowing you mate 💙🍺 …


Mark Matthews

My hearfelt thoughts and best wishes go out to Paul’s family and friends. A most respected and thoroughly decent and good man who always had a smile for you….. a smile that had the power to change your day, what a difference you clearly made to so many, a true professional with the biggest …


Gavin Moor

Brother Balch, You were always happy with a permanent smile on your face – your positivity and optimism made the Watch a better place. I will never forget when we went running together; I felt a tad smug that I was doing really well keeping pace with you, until I realised it was you …

Peter Brow

Balchy, what a guy. He always had time for a chat. He made everyone feel so welcome. We will all miss that smile. Rest Easy x …


Jamie Wisby

My Beloved Brother Balch 💙 I have your wonderful beaming grin indelibly etched in my mind. It is a vision that will never leave me. I miss your pre and post shift hugs that became part of the legendary handover rituals here at The Ridge.  You are the most loveable and unforgettable soul… Another …


Liz Ridley

My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.  Paul will be carried in the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues at ESFRS for ever more.   …


Mark O'Brien

Deepest condolances to Paul’s family and friends. He was a true professional, a first class firefighter and a wonderful member of the team.  It was a pleasure to have known and worked with him. He will be sorely missed by all across the Service. RIP Balchy. …


Phil Bryant

Paul, Friend, colleague, and absolute superstar. we have spent many hours talking about our children, listening to each other’s concerns. I could not believe the day I first heard of your illness, would have loved to spent more time with you. rest in peace old buddy, and know your fire service family will keep …


Roald Macaskill

My thoughts are with the family and friends of Balchy. Despite having only met him a handful of times through work, he always smiled, he was always positive, and he always treated me the same as any other colleague he had served with for many years. Unconditional love from a much loved man. …


Kirstie Carlton-Blake

Where do you start when trying to describe Balchy?  He was definitely one in a million, always always smiling and would often come up and say hi and ask how I was, and we’d inevitably have a laugh! His spirit shone through whenever you saw him, and it will keep shining bright forever. Love …