Fire­fighter Iain saw friend at fa­tal crash

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Tanya El­lis, 35, has been in the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice for over three years work­ing as a tech­ni­cian and is now also com­plet­ing her de­gree to be­come a para­medic at Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Univer­sity. Work­ing in the Stran­raer area where coun­try roads are com­mon, Tanya has at­tended nu­mer­ous coun­try road ac­ci­dents through­out her ca­reer and every fa­tal­ity is etched vividly into her mem­ory.

She said: “It’s very dif­fi­cult to speak to fam­ily mem­bers who haven’t been and seen what you’ve been and seen. It’s very emo­tional what you have seen.” Iain McGarry has been a trained fire­fighter for 18 years in Cu­par, Fife.

Over the first few years of his ca­reer, Iain (36) at­tended 10 fa­tal coun­try road ac­ci­dents.

On ar­rival to one par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent, Iain dis­cov­ered that the in­di­vid­ual fa­tally in­jured was a good friend of his from school.

All fa­tal­i­ties Iain has wit­nessed have had a last­ing im­pact on him, hence his de­ci­sion to sup­port this year’s Coun­try Roads cam­paign.

He said:“If I close my eyes, I could go back to every sin­gle in­ci­dent I have had fa­tal­i­ties in.

“Peo­ple think it’s not go­ing to hap­pen to them. Who says it’s not go­ing to hap­pen to you?

“The most emo­tional one was a small im­pact due to speed and they lost con­trol of the car and un­for­tu­nately he was pro­nounced dead on the scene. So when we turned up there was noth­ing re­ally much for us to do apart from mak­ing the car safe.

“Un­for­tu­nately, when it came to the time to take off the cover from his body, that’s when I saw him and I recog­nised him, it was one of my school friends.

“I asked my gaffer at the time if I could just have a few mo­ments alone.

“I zipped up his body­bag and passed him on to the un­der­taker, it was im­por­tant to me to do that.

“I wish I was the fire­fighter who could re­tire in 30 odd years and say I’ve never been to a fa­tal­ity or I’ve never been to a bad car crash.

“That would be great.”

Hor­ror find Iain McGarry

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