Day marks firefighters’ sacrifice

Today, International Firefighters’ Day, some turn their thoughts to the late senior station officer Derek Lovell.

Manawatū Fire and Emergency area commander Mitchell Brown told Stuff that each year on the day his thoughts are dominated by Lovell, who died from injuries in a blast at Tamahere 12 years ago.

“It was pretty surreal,” said Brown,

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Tamahere – a year on from fatal fire

It is one year since the explosion at Waikato’s Icepak Coolstore, which killed one firefighter and left seven others badly injured. The scars are far from healed for the firemen and the community – and there are still many unanswered questions.

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