Brothers who were devoted family men died together in Hillsborough disaster

Hillsborough victim 'Stephen Harrison'. (Picture coutesy of the Liverpool Echo)
Hillsborough victim 'Stephen Harrison'. (Picture coutesy of the Liverpool Echo)
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Two brothers who were devoted family men died together in the Hillsborough disaster.

Evidence was given to the new inquests about Stephen and Gary Harrison, who were among the 96 Liverpool fans who died in crushing at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

Hillsborough victim Gary Harrison

Hillsborough victim Gary Harrison

Stephen was a 31-year-old father of four and Gary was 27 and a dad of two.

Their mother told the inquests they were ‘good sons, brothers and fathers’, with Stephen’s wife describing him as a ‘devoted family man’.

Gary had been a talented footballer and was on Everton’s books when he was young. His children were eight and four years old when he died.

Evidence given to the jury focused on the circumstances surrounding the death of Stephen due to the lack of available evidence about what happened to Gary.

The court heard the pair had travelled to the match together by coach but it is unclear when they got into the ground.

Footage was shown to the court of Stephen being brought out of the pen at 3.24pm. He was initially treated by police constables Stephen Harratt and Philip Foster, as well as fireman Raymond Cawkwell.

Mr Cawkwell placed his tunic under Stephen as he tried to resuscitate him.

He said: “To look at Stephen, he looked like somebody who had just laid down on a sunny afternoon.

“He actually did look alive.”

But Mr Cawkwell said he saw no movement and no signs of consciousness, with no pulse apparent.

He said a doctor and nurse then turned up and the doctor took over from him in making treating Stephen.

Christopher Rigby, a consultant surgeon who was at the match as a guest of future Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dave Richards, went on the pitch to try and assist with the casualties.

Footage was shown of him assessing Stephen but he told the jury he could not remember that happening.

He said: “I’d seen so many victims in a short space of time that they all blurred into one, and I couldn’t remember any individual at all.”

Mr Rigby said he may have checked for a pulse for around 30 seconds.

“It was very chaotic, very difficult to carry out any investigation at all,” he said.

Stephen was pronounced dead at the Northern General Hospital at 4.45pm.