A glowing tribute has been paid to a local man who died last week but who spent his professional life saving lives and working for better ambulance services.
The Local Authority Road Safety Officers (LARSO) group expressed it’s sadness at the death of David Fitzgerald in a fatal collision last Thursday. David was an Ambulance Paramedic with the HSE National Ambulance Service. LARSO group spokesperson Declan Keogh said it was particularly sad.
“The news of any member of the emergency services being injured or killed in a road collision is particularly sad, given the role they play in preventing death and injuries; both on the road in their life saving capacity, and off the road in raising awareness about road safety.
“The Local Authority Road Safety Officers wish to extend our sympathy and condolences to his family, close friends and in particular his colleagues in the Ambulance Service,” he said.
While he saved lives in his day job, behind the scenes he worked to improve the ambulance service especially in Laois where the Dublin native was stationed.
David, who was aged in his 30s, died after being involved in a single vehicle collision on the Ballyfin Road near Mountrath at about 6.20am last Thursday morning, March 13.
His 4 x 4 vehicle, in which he was the only occupant, collided with a pole in dense fog. He was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where a post mortem was due to have been carried out.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057-8674100, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
David, who lived at Cappnanclare, Mountrath, is deeply regretted by his heartbroken wife Joanne, devoted children Emma, Luke and baby Mia.
He will be sadly missed by his parents Maureen and Des (Swords, Dublin), brothers Alan and John, sisters Claire and Mary, extended family, colleagues, neighbours, colleagues and many friends.
He was reposed at his home last, Friday before removal on Saturday to St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath, for Funeral Mass, followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Ballyfin.