“We just wish we could hold him and tell him he is our hero”: The family of Gavin Rawson pay tribute
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Following today’s verdict, the family of Gavin Rawson have paid tribute to him.
"Three days before Christmas 2016, our much loved son, brother and uncle, Gavin was snatched away from us in seconds with no warning, no reason and no explanation.
"Gavin was a kind, loving and thoughtful person. He was always having fun, making people laugh and was very popular and loved. His character was unique, funny and entertaining. We would call him Mr Chatterbox.
"He would also be often changing his hair style and hair colour and he loved Djing on decks, and went by the name RawG – often playing his music from his log cabin in the garden.
"He loved family events and was great with his nieces and nephews. He will now never be able to have children of his own because his life has been taken away.
"No one should have to hear about their son’s death like we did. If only Health and Safety guidance had been followed, Gavin would still be here. We just want him back in our lives but know we can’t have him.
"Although it breaks our hearts, we are so proud of Gavin and what he did that day. He did what he always did and went to help someone in need, despite the danger to himself. He was our hero and we will always remember him that way.
"We just wish we could hold him, hug him and tell him he is our hero. It is completely devastating to our entire family that we will never be able to do this."