Paramedic dies after ambulance fall
A close-knit community is in shock after a local paramedic was killed when he fell from the back of an ambulance.
Three separate investigations have been launched into the death of Simon Sexton, who is thought to have fallen while trying to shut the back doors of the vehicle near Stradone in Co Cavan on Thursday afternoon.
The father-of-six was taken from the scene near Aughadreena National School to Cavan General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The gardai, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Health and Safety Authority have all begun probes into how the accident happened. It is understood the ambulance was transferring a non-emergency patient from Cavan Hospital to Dublin when the accident occurred.
Mr Sexton came from a well-known farming family and was a keen member of the local theatre group in Stradone. Fianna Fail councillor Gerry Murphy said the 43-year-old was a highly dedicated community worker.
"He just had a heart of gold - a typical Irish country fellow," Mr Murphy said.
"People are in absolute shock and full of sadness for the family. It must be absolutely devastating for them - the children are aged from four to fourteen. It's a tremendous loss."
The HSE has also expressed its sympathies to Mr Sexton's family, friends and colleagues.
The road, near Beaghy, was closed for several hours for an examination by Garda collision investigators.
Gardai at Cavan have appealed for witnesses.