Family tribute to fire chief killed at Cotswold Airport

Steven Mills Steven Mills became Cotswold Airport fire services manager in 2009

Related Stories

The family of a man who was killed in an industrial incident at Cotswold Airport have paid tribute, describing him as "a loving family man".

Airport fire services manager Steven Mills, 45, from Malmesbury in Wiltshire, died on 8 April.

His sister Helen Dyer said it had "left a massive hole in their lives" and said he was "an amazing big brother, loving son and devoted to his little boy".

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive has started.

'Always smiling'

Speaking on behalf of Mr Mills' family, Ms Dyer added: "Steven's death has left us all devastated and it's difficult to express the sense of loss we feel.

"He was such a funny, kind, giving and caring man, who was always smiling and had a twinkle in his eye.

"He also loved his work at the airport. He did many things in his life and had many interests, but the fire service was a longstanding passion."

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said last week that the incident was believed to have involved a decompressed gas canister.

Mr Mills' funeral will be held at Malmesbury Abbey on 28 April at 1400 BST.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories


Features & Analysis

  • Medea Benjamin Code Pink

    Why authorities refuse to ban disruptive protesters

  • Pellet of plutoniumRed alert

    The scary element that helped save the crew of Apollo 13

  • HandshakeKiss and make up

    A marriage counsellor on healing the referendum hurt

  • Burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque in the old city of AleppoBefore and after

    Satellite images reveal Syria's heritage trashed by war

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • planesEnd of the line

    The vast ‘boneyards’ that are home to thousands of aircraft that have come to end of their flying days


  • A screenshot from Goat SimulatorClick Watch

    The goat simulator which started as a joke but became a surprising hit, plus other tech news

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.