Mother never forgot bravery of fire brigade

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A Ballymena mother has shown her appreciation for the work of the Northern Ireland Fire Service by handing over a cheque in her late daughter’s memory.

Sandyleigh Gilmore tragically died in a blaze at her home in Ballee in March 1993.

Siobhan Shiels and Tamara Sheils present a cheque for �1300, money raised from a pub quiz night, to Fire Fighters Sam McConkey and Ian Courtney for the Fire and Rescue Benevolent Fund. The cheque was presented in memory of Siobhan's daughter who tragically in a house fire 20 years ago. Fire fighters McConkey and Courtney, along with FF Chris McGaffin (pictured back row) where among the fire fighters who attended the scene 20 years ago. Also included is members of White Watch, Ballymena. INBT03-213AC
Siobhan Shiels and Tamara Sheils present a cheque for �1300, money raised from a pub quiz night, to Fire Fighters Sam McConkey and Ian Courtney for the Fire and Rescue Benevolent Fund. The cheque was presented in memory of Siobhan's daughter who tragically in a house fire 20 years ago. Fire fighters McConkey and Courtney, along with FF Chris McGaffin (pictured back row) where among the fire fighters who attended the scene 20 years ago. Also included is members of White Watch, Ballymena. INBT03-213AC

Her mother, Siobhan Shiels never forgot the bravery of the firemen who responded to the emergency call on that fateful evening and who did everything they could to try and rescue the little girl.

And so, 20 years later, she decided to hold a charity quiz night in the town’s bowling club in order to raise funds for the Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

The Ballymena Times helped with pre-publicity in print, on web and on social media and a superb turn-out resulted on March 27, 2013 - 20 years to the day that her young daughter lost her life.

Siobhan said: “At the time of her death and the years after we didn’t get a chance to thank the Fire Service properly for saving the lives of myself, my sister Tanya and my other other daughters, Tamara now 23 and Debra now 20, so this was our way of giving back to the Fire Service that saved our lives.

“I must also say that the Fire Service weren’t the only ones that helped. My neighbours were fantastic and two of them were awarded medals for helping us that awful day,” said Siobhan.

Last week, Siobhan presented the £1300 proceeds of the quiz to members of ‘White Watch’ at Ballymena Fire Station. Among those who attended were firemen Sam McConkey, Ian Courtney and Chris McGaffin who were among those who attended the fire.

 

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