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Monday 11 December 2017

'They are not forgotten' - firefighters remembered

Hero firefighters Mark O’Shaughnessy and Brian Murray lost their lives
Hero firefighters Mark O’Shaughnessy and Brian Murray lost their lives

Firefighters in Bray yesterday gathered in the seaside town's fire station to remember two of their fallen colleagues 10 years on.

Sub officer Brian Murray (46) and firefighter Mark O'Shaughnessy (25) were killed as they fought a blaze in a disused factory on September 26, 2007.

Members of the Murray and O'Shaughnessy families, including Brian's widow Mary and their son Brian Jnr, a firefighter himself, attended the sombre ceremony, as did firefighters from around the county and further afield.

Wicklow Chief Fire Officer Aidan Dempsey said he hoped the ceremony would bring "comfort and support" to the men's families and colleagues.

"They are not forgotten, they hold a cherished place in the memories of their comrades and an honoured place in the memory of this county and our country," he said. Local Sinn Fein TD, John Brady, a friend of the Murray family, laid a wreath, along with Martin Lyons, a driver- mechanic based at Bray and a member of the same crew as Brian and Mark.

"It brings back so many memories," said Mr Brady. Even this morning, just look at it, the weather is nearly identical to that September morning in 2007.

"We have firefighters here from right across Wicklow and across the country. The two guys left a huge impression on all their colleagues.

Risks

"The firefighters here today know every call they go out on, they will face risks.

"This is not just a way of remembering Brian and Mark and the huge sacrifice they made, but it's also a thank you to all of their colleagues, including their colleagues who were there on that day in 2007."

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