Firefighters have paid this touching tribute outside a Cardiff fire engine at the funeral of one of their own.
Patrick Walsh, 49, who was stationed at Ely in Cardiff, died after collapsing at Cwmcarn Forest on Saturday, June 11.
His funeral was held today.
Officers lined the pavement outside Ely fire station as the funeral procession passed.
A floral tribute in firefighter Walsh’s fire service number, 55874, accompanied his coffin.
A fundraising page in his memory has now reached more than £1,600. The page is raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Ty Hafan.
It says Firefighter Walsh was a “keen fundraiser” for the children’s hospice. Chief fire officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Huw Jakeway tweeted that it was “an extremely sad day for all”.
The father-of-two was a very well known member of the local community who had played rugby for St Illtyds and the fire service.
At the time, a spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the sudden passing away of one of our serving firefighters, whilst off duty on Saturday, June 11.
— Huw Jakeway (@HuwJakeway) June 24, 2016
“Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with their family, friends and colleagues at this particularly sad and difficult time.”
Friends paid tribute on social media describing Firefighter Walsh as a great friend and a “true gentleman.”
Firefighter Alex Psaila, who had worked at Ely with Patrick for 25 years, said they were all devastated by the news.
“Patrick was a hugely popular member of the team, hugely respected and will be missed by all his colleagues,” he said.
“There have been so many tributes which reflect what an amazing person Patrick was. He was a real family man and our thoughts are with his wife, children and family at this sad time.”
Another tribute on social media said: “As we know Paddy is the most genuine, committed, passionate, wittiest, loving person.”
Another said: “God’s taken a fine man…Father…Husband….Friend..and all round top fella who will leave a huge hole in not only his family’s life, but also everybody who had the pleasure to know him.”
A colleague added: “Myself and everyone in the fire service are in shock and gutted. It’s a cruel world.”
Gwent Police were called to the scene and said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
To donate to the fundraising page, see here