A mourning ceremony was held Thursday afternoon for Yau Siu-ming, 51, the principal firefighter who died in a rescue operation a day earlier.
About 50 people, including Yau’s widow and six-year-old son, relatives, friends and fire department colleagues took part in the ceremony, which began at 3 p.m. at Tiu Shau Ngam in Ma On Shan Country Park, where Yau died in the line of duty, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Meanwhile, a mourning session was held at Tin Sum fire station, where Yau had served for years and earned high regard from his associates.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, several senior government officials and chief executive candidates Carrie Lam and John Tsang came to pay their respects.
Yau fell 10 meters to the bottom of a cliff while he was climbing to rescue two stranded hikers on Wednesday morning.
He was not found until later in the afternoon and sent to the Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was pronounced dead due to serious head injuries. The hikers were saved with only minor injuries.
Director of Fire Services Li Kin-yat said a team has been formed to investigate the tragedy, adding he will do his best to have Yau’s body buried in Gallant Garden, a burial ground for officers killed on duty, in the Wo Hop Shek Public Cemetery in the New Territories.
Meanwhile, five unions announced a fundraising campaign to provide financial support for Yau’s family.
These are the HKFS Officers Association, the Hong Kong Fire Services Department Ambulance Officers Association, the HK Fire Services Department Staffs General Association, the Hong Kong Fire Services Department – Ambulancemen’s Union and the Hong Kong Fire Services Control Staff’s Union.
Interested parties can donate checks to Lau Lelen by post to the Hong Kong Fire Services Department Staffs General Association at Flat A, 2/F, Cheng Hong Building, 47-57 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei.
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