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NFA officers in the North receive recognition certificates

May 6, 2018 1:03 am

Its two months now since the Cessna 172 training aircraft crashed into the mountainous terrains of Delaikoro in Labasa, claiming the lives of student pilot, Merelesita Lutu and Instructor Iliesa Tawalo.

But the bravery of six National Fire officers who risked their lives to recover the two bodies have not been forgotten as they were awarded certificates of recognition.

Local Government Minister, Parveen Kumar says the efforts of these NFA officers has not gone unnoticed.

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Kumar says even though two lives were lost – their families were still able to give them a proper burial because of these heroes.

“The training and experience and initiatives of these officers were ably demonstrated in their management of the rescue operation. The challenging operation was carried out in the interest of timely beatable of the two bodies. The team some with experience of such rescues from training in Japan were able to carry out the rescue this involves going down the cliff faced with almost 200 meters to reach the ill-fated plan.”

He says the challenging operation has proved to the Government, that investments have been put to good use.

Meanwhile, the minister also highlighted that NFA officers in the Ba division will also be recognized tomorrow for their bravery – rescuing people during the recent floods.

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