Rescue workers receive tribute in cross-community service


Rescuers were praised for their hard work during the pandemic and beyond through a special cross-community service.

Leaders from Derry’s four main churches gathered on Monday evening for the traditional Carol service of the Emergency Services at St Columb’s Cathedral and a service of thanksgiving and praise for the emergency services.

Those who have played a vital role in our society and our well-being have been invited to this incredibly special service to be thanked for their work.

The service was headed by the Dean of Derry, the Right Reverend Raymond Stewart.

Uniformed members of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Northern Ireland Police Service, Foyle Search and Rescue, St. John’s Ambulance and the British Red Cross were present.

Foyle Search and Rescue Members at Carol Service Emergency Services

Dean Stewart said: “We have all, in one way or another, seen firsthand the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It had an impact on how we may or may not have lived our lives. Members of the emergency services, who have been on the front lines for so long, have earned our admiration and respect.

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“We all remember those evenings where we applauded to express our thanks. And, tonight, we thank you and your colleagues again for protecting us and for continuing to protect us in these uncertain times.”

During the service, readings were given by the pastor of Carlisle Road Methodist Church, the Reverend John Montgomery; the Moderator of Derry and Donegal Rectory and Dr Donal McKeown; the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe.

All participants were honored to take this opportunity to thank the rescue workers for the impact they have had on everyone throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Norma P. Rex