Hundreds of mourners turn out for funeral of hero Emirates flight firefighter

RAS AL KHAIMAH // Shortly after sunrise, hundreds of mourners traveled from across RAK to pay their respects to Jassim Al Baloushi, the hero firefighter who died while battling the flames of Emirates flight EK521 that crashed on Wednesday at Dubai airport. People flocked to Sheikh Rashid Mosque in Kharran, the hometown of the firefighter, […]

RAS AL KHAIMAH // Shortly after sunrise, hundreds of mourners traveled from across RAK to pay their respects to Jassim Al Baloushi, the hero firefighter who died while battling the flames of Emirates flight EK521 that crashed on Wednesday at Dubai airport.

People flocked to Sheikh Rashid Mosque in Kharran, the hometown of the firefighter, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of RAK, for the funeral, followed by prayers at Al Saliehia Cemetery.

Al Baloushi was 27, the elder brother of Harib, 16, and Salman, 19, and brother to two sisters. He was well-known in his community for his good deeds, high energy and love of volunteering.

His father Issa and his two brothers stood alongside cousins and other family members who were in tears at the overwhelming number of people in attendance.

“My eldest son died as a hero while saving the lives of the plane passengers; he is a martyr, and he will be missed greatly,” said the mourning father.

Harib could not contain his tears as he saw the body of his older brother laid to rest. “He was a role model and a hero – he loved his country and loved his work,” the teenager said.

Salman said his brother was loved by everyone in their town. “He was courageous, friendly and supportive of his family, his friends and community,” he said.

Saif Al Suwaidi, director of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said: “I salute his ultimate sacrifice that kept many from harm’s way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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Source: uae news

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