Thursday 23 November 2017

Firefighters from around the country gather to remember brave colleagues 10 years on

Mark O'Shaughnessy and Brian Murray
Mark O'Shaughnessy and Brian Murray
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Fire fighters from around the country gathered in Bray this morning to remember their fallen colleagues, Brian Murray and Mark O'Shaughnessy, who lost their lives battling a blaze 10 years ago today.

In a somber ceremony at Bray Fire Station, two wreaths were laid in honour of the men and the national anthem was played.

Sub Station Officer Brian Murray (46) and fire fighter Mark O'Shaughnessy were fighting a blaze at a disused factory at Adelaide Villas on the morning of September 26, 2007, when the roof suddenly collapsed.

This morning members of their families, including Mr Murray's widow Mary, joined fire fighters from across Co Wicklow and around the country in remembering the two men.

Speaking to Independent.ie at the event, Murray family friend and Sinn Fein TD John Brady said the bravery of the two fire fighters will never be forgotten.

"The two guys left a huge impression on all their colleagues.

"The fire fighters here today know every call they go out on, they will face risks. Today is a reminder that the risks all the emergency services put themselves in every day as they serve their communities and keep them safe," he added.

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