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Second firefighter laid to rest

Andreas Sophocleous was buried in Nicosia on Thursday

Andreas Sophocleous, the second firefighter who lost his life while battling the flames in the Solea area, was laid to rest on Thursday as grieving friends and relatives praised his lifelong dedication to the profession.

The funeral for Sophocleous, 49, was held at the Ioannis Chrysostomos church in Lakatamia in Nicosia. Attending were President Nicos Anastasiades and government officials.

Sophocleous and his colleague, 44-year-old Marios Aristotelous, were declared heroes after their deaths three days ago when their truck plunged into a ravine while fighting the fires in the Solea area.

Sophocleous leaves behind a wife and five children.

In her own eulogy, AKEL MP Irini Charalambidou praised the deceased’s commitment to his profession, recalling that Sophocleous participated as a volunteer to battle the massive blaze in Greece in 2007.

This, Charalambidou said, at a time when his wife Maria was pregnant.

“Children of Andreas, be proud of your father,” she concluded.

The House plenum on Thursday observed a minute’s silence in honour of the two firefighters.

Aristotelous’ funeral had taken place on Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening, Larnaca residents lit candles on the Phinikoudes strip in memory of the two men.

 

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