Fire Brigade hails hero who died in pensioner rescue
OFFICIALS from the Dublin Fire Brigade paid tribute last night to an Irish-American fireman who died a hero while trying to rescue a paralysed pensioner from a massive inferno at his home.
Relatives of Brian Carey (28) were presented with a bronze statue commemorating his bravery following the blaze that killed the young firefighter and an 87-year-old World War Two veteran at the veteran's home on the outskirts of Chicago last month. Mr Carey had been the first fireman to rush into the house to save the man but perished as a result of a backdraft.
Mr Carey, known as 'Boo' to friends and family, was a regular visitor to Ireland and kept close ties with his relatives from Co Clare.
A memorial service in his honour in the Chicago suburb of Homewood, Illinois, earlier this month drew more than 3,500 mourners in a funeral cortege that was six miles long.
Speaking to the Irish Independent from Chicago last night, Mr Carey's father said the family was surprised but touched by the award ceremony in Dublin. While they are still coming to terms with their loss, the fact that their son died "doing what he always wanted to do" helped lessens the burden.
"If you're going to lose a child, at least it was under honourable circumstances," he said.