Firies mourn loss of volunteer
Tributes have flowed for former Karratha resident and volunteer firefighter Mark Slocombe, who died in an incident in Perth last week.
Mr Slocombe moved to Perth with his wife Mandy and two young children just a couple of months ago, where he worked as an electrician.
Last year Mr Slocombe received his National Emergency Service Medal for 15 years of voluntary service to the West Australian community.
Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service released a statement last week expressing sadness and sending condolences to the family.
“Words cannot express the loss and heartache our fire brigade and our community is feeling,” a spokeswoman said.
“Stand down, hero. Your service is done.”
Karratha VFRS is encouraging those who knew Mr Slocombe to place flowers down at the flag pole at the fire station in tribute.
Former co-worker at KBSS Engineering Bernie Pfoeffer described Mr Slocome as “probably the most irritating, best bloke that you’ll ever meet”.
“Around work he was just a good bloke, you know — he was just one of the fellas,” he said.
Mr Pfoeffer said Mr Slo- combe was a dedicated family man.
“It was the most incredible thing when you see Mark go home with his kids, they just love him, they really do,” he said.
KBSS workers are still coming to terms with Mr Slocombe’s death.
“Mark could hear a beer opening from about three (kilometres) away … to the point where I think we started counting down how many seconds it was before he got there,” Mr Pfoeffer said.
“Everyone knew him and to know that someone’s just passed that you used to drink with every afternoon is pretty hard on everybody.”
Flowers have been laid for Mark Slocombe at Karratha Fire Station.
Cory Byers and Mark Slocombe.