Tragedy

Firies mourn loss of vol­un­teer

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

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.”

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Flow­ers have been laid for Mark Slo­combe at Kar­ratha Fire Sta­tion.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Bertling CB Snapz

Cory By­ers and Mark Slo­combe.

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