In Loving Memory of

Balchy 5

Firefighter Paul Balch (Balchy)





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 From all your friends and work colleagues of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service




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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 …


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