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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) commemorated Firefighters Memorial Day with a ceremony today at NIFRS Headquarters in memory of fallen colleagues.
The annual Firefighters Memorial Day is marked across the UK and was established last year under the authority invested in the Firefighters Memorial Trust by Royal Charter.
The ceremony provided an opportunity to remember and pay tribute to Firefighters who have died in the course of their duties.
In addition to the annual reading of the Roll of Honour and observing a minute’s silence, Memorial Stones were dedicated and wreaths were laid in memory of Leading Firefighter Joe McCloskey, Firefighter Paul O’Brien and Firefighter Nial Hamilton.
Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Gary Thompson presented Firefighter Memorial Medals to family members of Firefighter Paul O’Brien and Firefighter Nial Hamilton.
Speaking at the ceremony Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Gary Thompson said: “It was important to us to mark Firefighters Memorial Day with a formal ceremony in recognition of our fallen colleagues. It was a moving ceremony as we remembered those no longer with us.”
The Memorial Stones are placed around the memorial statue called ‘The Rescue’ at NIFRS Headquarters in Lisburn.