Deceased firefighters who 'put their lives on the line' honoured at special Mass
Vital life-saving services that are performed by firefighters year-round were acclaimed at a Dublin church yesterday.
Gratitude for the duties performed by present and past members of Dublin Fire Brigade and Dun Laoghaire Fire Brigade was expressed at the annual commemorative Mass for deceased members of the services.
More than 300 people attended the Mass at Saint Saviour's Church in Dominick Street.
Parish priest Fr Eddie Conway, prior of the Dominican Community, concelebrated the Mass with Fr Patrick Carroll of Christ the King parish in Cabra.
Fr Conway said firemen continue to give great service to the people. The annual commemoration has been held at the church since 1974.
District Officer Adrian Sutton, an organiser of the event, told the Herald that it was a very important date in the fire brigade's calender.
"It is a sad occasion as we remember deceased members, including 11 retired members and one serving member who passed away during the year.
"Dublin Fire Brigade is essentially a caring service dedicated to preserving life at all costs, in which people will put their lives on the line, if needed," said Mr Sutton.
Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh was welcomed and the attendance included Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming, senior council officials in the Dublin region and assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan.
Those who died in the past year were Robbie Kane, Colm Smart, Louie Duffin, Paddy McMahon, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Robert Kenny, Paddy Hanratty, Phil Daly, David Scannell, James Robinson, Michael Goldrick and Patrick Ryan.