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Fire Service pay tribute following tragic death of colleague David Brown

Mr Brown (54) was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the Magherafelt Road

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has paid tribute to their colleague David Brown, who tragically died after suffering a heart attack while riding his motorcycle on Friday.

Mr Brown (54) died on the Magherafelt Road in Moneymore.

A firefighter for 22 years, he served his community "with distinction", colleagues said.

A NIFRS spokesperson said: "NIFRS is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague, Crew Commander David Brown.

"Our sincerest sympathies are with David’s wife Geraldine, his daughters Laura and Emma, his son Andrew and his colleagues and friends at Magherafelt Fire Station where he was based."

David Brown joined the Fire Service in 1997 and was promoted to the role of Crew Commander in 2012.

"David, aged 54, served the community in Magherafelt with distinction for 22 years where he responded to incidents night and day. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues at Magherafelt Station and across NIFRS," the spokesperson added.

"NIFRS is providing appropriate support to David’s family and colleagues at this difficult time."

Police in Magherafelt also paid tribute to the firefighter.

"Over the years we have regularly worked alongside David at many incidents, he was a big part of the Blue Light Family," a spokesperson said.

We just wanted to take a moment and pay tribute to Crew Commander David Brown who lost his life on Friday in a road...

Posted by PSNI Magherafelt on Saturday, May 11, 2019

"Our thoughts are with David’s wife Geraldine, his daughters Laura and Emma, his son Andrew. His colleagues and friends at Magherafelt Fire Station are also in our thoughts."

Keith Buchanan, DUP MLA for Mid Ulster, offered his condolences to Mr Brown's family.

"He came from a very well known and respected family in the local area. His loss will be felt very deeply. It's a dreadful shock," he said.

DUP councillors on Mid Ulster council sent their sympathies to his family circle.

"So sorry to hear of a fatality at the accident this afternoon on the Moneymore Road, near the Carmean Road junction. Sincere sympathy to the family circle," they tweeted.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash, or who may have dashcam footage, to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 630 10/5/19.

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