The mother of the 19-year-old NSF who died while fighting a fire that broke out at a HDB flat in Henderson Road, has reportedly identified her son’s body, according to Shin Min Daily News.
SMDN reported that the mother of the fallen NSF was seen in white on 9 December at about 10am to identify her deceased son’s body.
She was accompanied by people from the SCDF, as she remained in the autopsy room for about 30 minutes, and she later emerged from the room with tears in her eyes.
The mother told the media that she was “heartbroken” as she expressed her sadness about her son’s passing in the line of duty.
The family living in the burning HDB unit that the NSF was fighting fire in, has since apologised for the incident that led to his death, according to The Straits Times.
21-year-old Muhammad Azri Ramlan, who was in the flat at the time of the fire, said that “it’s very sad to know of his death, on behalf of my family, I would like to say sorry to his family for their loss.”
He added that “they have a great son, he’s an NSF like me and he put his life at risk to save others.”
Recap (SCDF’s statement)
[𝗦𝗖𝗗𝗙 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁: 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝗲 @ 𝟵𝟭 𝗛𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱; 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹]
SCDF was alerted to a fire at 91 Henderson Road at about 11.10 am today (8 Dec 2022).
Upon arrival, the fire was raging inside a unit on the 4th floor and the corridor was heavily smoke-logged. SCDF firefighters, donning breathing apparatus, entered and pushed through the smoke-logged unit with two water jets to engage the fire.
Sometime into the firefighting operation, a Full-time National Serviceman (NSF) firefighter fell unconscious in the kitchen area. His crew immediately brought him out of the unit and administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on him. An SCDF ambulance crew at the scene also used the automated external defibrillator on him and conveyed him to Singapore General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
SCDF and his teammates are very saddened by his death, and extend our deepest condolences to his family. The NSF firefighter was part of the first response crew for this fire incident, and was bravely carrying out his mission of protecting and saving lives and property.
SCDF is providing assistance and support to the family during this difficult time.
Investigations are ongoing.