Bri­gade funeral for coura­geous fire­fighter

Mayor, col­leagues hail Candice Kruger, who was loved by many, writes Tshego Lepule

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OBITUARIES -

TO­DAY, the cof­fin of Candice Ash­ley Kruger will be hoisted on to a fire truck and she will leave the Roe­land Street fire sta­tion one last time where col­leagues and friends will pay their last re­spects.

Candice died last Sun­day after she col­lapsed while at­tend­ing to a fire on the lower slopes of Ta­ble Moun­tain. At­tempts to re­sus­ci­tate the 33-year-old fire­fighter were un­suc­cess­ful and she was pro­nounced dead in hospi­tal.

She had been part of a team that re­sponded to a blaze that broke out on the moun­tain just after 11am.

Candice, who had been a fire­fighter for nine years, leaves be­hind a wife, Kelly Kruger.

City of Cape Town Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille, in pay­ing trib­ute to Candice, said her death was a great loss to the City.

“We salute Candice for the years of brave ser­vice to the City. I would like to once again ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thy on be­half of the City to her fam­ily, friends and col­leagues,” she said.

“The city will as­sist the Kruger fam­ily with funeral ar­range­ments and will also of­fer trauma coun­selling to her rel­a­tives and pla­toon col­leagues.

“The City’s Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice will also of­fer the fam­ily a full bri­gade funeral as Candice died while serv­ing in the line of duty.”

Com­man­der at the Roe­land Sta­tion, Si­mon Abra­hams, said of Candice: “She was a very lov­ing per­son and was loved by ev­ery­one who knew her. She loved laugh­ing and jok­ing and there was even a run­ning joke about her be­ing the short­est per­son around.

“She will be sorely missed by ev­ery­one at the sta­tion. Her shift is dev­as­tated by the loss and it will take a long time to come to terms with it. Her funeral will be held on Fri­day at the Roe­land Street sta­tion.”

Her su­per­vi­sor, Ge­of­frey Whit­bread, also men­tioned the joy she brought to the sta­tion and all those around her.

“She had a fan­tas­tic smile, even that morn­ing dur­ing roll-call I saw her and she smiled, and it im­me­di­ately lifted my spir­its and I com­mended her on her win­ning smile.

“She smiled even wider and laughed,” he said. “She was a coura­geous, ded­i­cated fire­fighter and she will be missed.”

‘We salute Candice for the years of ser­vice to the City’


Candice Kruger, fire­fighter for nine years, col­lapsed on the slopes of Ta­ble Moun­tain.

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