Family pay tribute to Shortstown teenager who wanted to work for Disasters Emergency Committee

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A Shortstown teenager who wanted to help others by working for an aid organisation was killed after being hit by a bus.

Jonathan Debnam, 14, was a dedicated army cadet who wanted eventually to work for the Disasters Emergency Committee to help those in emergency situations.

His family have paid tribute to him. “We are truly devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved son,” they said. “Jonathan was a funny, kind and intelligent boy who loved his family and friends with all his heart.

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“An active member of the Army cadets, participating in cadet camps and supporting the other cadets by teaching first aid, he had plans to train to work for the Disasters Emergency Committee so he could make a career out of helping others in their time of need.

Jonathan Debnam, 14, a dedicated army cadet who wanted to work for the Disasters Emergency Committee to help those affected by emergencies. He died after being hit by a bus on Thursday Pictures released by Bedfordshire Police | Pictures released by Bedfordshire Police.Jonathan Debnam, 14, a dedicated army cadet who wanted to work for the Disasters Emergency Committee to help those affected by emergencies. He died after being hit by a bus on Thursday Pictures released by Bedfordshire Police | Pictures released by Bedfordshire Police.
Jonathan Debnam, 14, a dedicated army cadet who wanted to work for the Disasters Emergency Committee to help those affected by emergencies. He died after being hit by a bus on Thursday Pictures released by Bedfordshire Police | Pictures released by Bedfordshire Police.

“A budding chef from an early age and an animal lover who especially loved his cats, with the biggest of hearts. Above all else he had a beautiful and caring soul and will be missed by all his family and friends more than words can express. Rest in peace our sweet boy.

Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit said: “This is an incredibly sad incident, and our sympathies are with the friends and family of Jonathan.

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“We are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it to get in touch. We would be particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have any dashcam footage of the incident or of the immediate area of the A600 in and around Shortstown, during the time leading up to the collision, which was first reported to police at just before 12pm.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by clicking here or calling 101 quoting Operation Dudley or reference number 139 from July 4.