Funeral on Thursday for Enniskillen firefighter Nial Hamilton

Nial Hamilton
Nial Hamilton

The funeral of the firefighter who died after a call-out in Lurgan on Monday night will take place at St Michael’s Parish Church, Trory, Enniskillen at 2pm on Thursday.

Tributes have poured in for 44 year-old father-of-two Nial Hamilton.

A burnt out car at the scene in Kilwilkee, Lurgan.

A burnt out car at the scene in Kilwilkee, Lurgan.

Mr Hamilton, from Enniskillen, died after attending a car fire in the Kilwilkee estate of Lurgan around 10pm on Monday.

The NI Fire and Rescue Service said he collapsed at the scene at Deeny Drive in the Kilwilkee Estate.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

Speaking on Tuesday Chris Kerr, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the entire service is in mourning at Nial’s sudden death.

“Today is an extremely sad day for NIFRS and our wider Fire Service family as we mourn the sudden and untimely death of our much respected colleague Firefighter Nial Hamilton (44) who died while on operational duty last night.

“Our thoughts are very much with Nial’s wife Ruth and their two young sons, Alex and Rory, at this difficult time.

The flag was flown at half-mast on Tuesday morning and a minute-long silence held at Knock Headquarters.

The Fire Service was called to deal with a car fire at around 9.31pm on Monday and the blaze was brought under control within 16 minutes.

It was shortly after this when the Mr Hamilton collapsed at the scene.

Mr Hamilton joined the Fire Service in 1990, serving at Cadogan and Knock Fire Stations in Blefast before moving to Lurgan Fire Station.

Jim Wallace, Chief Executive, NIFRS said: “On behalf of everyone in NIFRS and on behalf of the NIFRS Board we send our deepest condolences and sympathy to Nial’s wife and sons, his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is a very close knit organisation and today we are all feeling the pain and loss of Nial’s death. We have offered his family our full support at this very difficult time.”

Stormont’s Health and Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots paid tribute to Mr Hamilton.

“I was greatly saddened to hear of the tragic death of the firefighter and extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time,” he said.

“The NI Ambulance Service responded promptly to this emergency and the paramedics are to be commended for their work to treat the firefighter at the scene. I understand that Fire Service colleagues also gave emergency first aid in an effort to save him.

“Our firefighters are highly committed, doing an extremely difficult job. We are all very grateful for the fearless work that they do on a daily basis.”