Date Published : April 4th, 2021 Published By : adminFire brigade social media was alight with condolences this weekend following the sad news of the death of Limerick City Firefighter Des Fitzgerald.
Firefighter Fitzgerald died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday.
Late of Castleisland and Adare, Co. Limerick and Old Cork road, Limerick City, Des was attached to ‘White Watch; at Limerick City fire station.
On Saturday, Limerick Fire & Rescue Service posted “Yesterday we lost a family member, friend, legend - Firefighter Des Fitzgerald. Our thoughts are with Des’s family - his wife Elaine, daughters Aisling & Lynn, son Eoghan, his parents, brothers & extended family. A much loved member of White Watch, Des will be missed by everyone.”
Heartfelt condolences and tributes were expressed by many of those in the fire services and other emergency services.
Fire service personnel and brigade social media platforms from around Ireland and further expressed their condolences to the late Des Fitzgerald, with many changing their profile picture to the Limerick Fire & Rescue Crest and black band.
Cork City Fire Brigade posted “It’s with great sadness we’ve learned of the passing of Limerick City Firefighter Des Fiitzgerald. The thoughts of everyone at Cork City Fire Brigade are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Cork County Fire Service said “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Des Fitzgerald who was a serving member of Limerick City Fire& Recsue. Ar dheils Dé go raibh a anam.”
Dublin Fire Brigade posted “We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of @LimerickFire Firefighter Fitzgerald who died in tragic circumstances yesterday.
Fire-Ireland.com changed its profile picture to the Limerick Fire Service crest with a black band. Moderators Dec Byrne and Pat O’Keeffe @FireIreland posted “RIP Des Fitzgerald. Thought are with your family, friend and colleagues in Limerick City Fire Station at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Kerry Fire & Rescue Service also changed their profile picture and posted “All of us at Kerry Fire & Rescue Service would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Des Fitzgerald, who was a serving member of Limerick Fire & Rescue. Ar dhesi Dé go raibh a anam.”
This morning, Laois County Fire & Rescue Service posted “Sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Limerick Fire Service FF Des Fitzgerald from all in Laois Fire & Rescue Service.”
Firefighter John Scully in Waterford City Fire Service said “Very sad to hear this. My deepest condolences to his family, friend and all at LFB. May he rest in peace, his tour is over” while Carlow Firefighter Dermot Scully posted Rest in peace Des”.
The moderator at Andover MA Firefighters Local 1658 in the United States posted “We’re very sorry for your loss, brothers. May he Rest in Peace.”
Emergency Time would like to offer our sympathies and sincere condolence to the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Des Fitzgerald. Our thoughts are with his family and to the firefighters, fire officers, controllers and staff at Limerick Fire & Rescue Service.
Des is deeply regretted by his loving wife Elaine, daughters Aisling and Lynn, son Eoghan, parents David and Hazel Fitzgerald, parents in law Mary and Ray O'Doherty, brothers Gareth and Kevin, brothers in law James and Ray, sister in law Angie, niece Emma and nephew Ruadhri, all other relatives neighbours and many friends.
A private requiem Mass for family will take place in St John's Cathedral, Thursday, 8th April, at 11am with burial afterwards in Mt St Lawrence Extension Cemetery.