The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is mourning the loss of former Station Manager Trevor Moyce, who died following his battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) yesterday (Tuesday).
Trev, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, retired from the fire service in 2016 having completed 30 years of public service. However, just months into his retirement, in January 2017, he was delivered the news that he had MND – a rare, degenerative disease that affects as little as 2 in 100,000 people and has no cure.
In October 2017 Trevor’s life changed dramatically when his diaphragm had weakened so severely that he was taken to hospital in a medical emergency. He faced an extremely challenging time and spent over 4 months in the Intensive Care Unit, including Christmas and his children’s birthdays.
Trevor fought on and this resulted in a ventilated tracheostomy being fitted. He then used eye gaze for his communication.
As previously reported, a GoFundMe Page was established in March this year to raise much-needed funds to adapt the family home in Wootton to Trevor’s 24 hour care needs.
Sadly, Trevor lost his battle yesterday afternoon.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s Leighton Bryant, who worked with Trevor for 22 years, has said:
“He courageously battled his condition and always maintained his dry wit, sarcastic humour and sheer determination.
“He was a practical joker and always tried to make light of things.
“He was also a very compassionate person and was always concerned about his colleagues whenever changes were considered within the fire service.
“He will be our sorely missed by us all and our thoughts are with his wife and four children.”
Chief Fire Officer for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Neil Odin, adds:
“Trevor was a very popular manager within our service.
“His service to the Island has been widely celebrated.
“Hearing this tragic news has left us in deep mourning, he will be missed.”
MND affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do and therefore restricts how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
You can find out more about MND and the MND association at www.mndassociation.org.
Trevor was a keen Twitter user and often took to the social media platform to give thoughtful and moving insights into his condition.
“The man I see in the mirror is not the man inside my head” – Trevor Moyce, Sept 2018
Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family and friends at this time. Thank you Trev.