Brigade funeral for courageous firefighter
Mayor, colleagues hail Candice Kruger, who was loved by many, writes Tshego Lepule
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.