Firefighters raise RM17,710 from charity run for fallen hero’s family

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Oct 27: It was a special morning for the family of the late firefighter Yahya Ali and the local community at the Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia (Bomba) charity run here today.

Organised by Bomba Petra Jaya station, the event attracted some 350 participants from all walks of life who came to spend a few hours with the heroes in red.

Themed ‘Berlari Sambil Menderma’, the event collected a total of RM17,710 in donation from the participants and from Safety First from Kuala Lumpur for Yahya’s family.

Yahya was one of the six firemen who drowned while trying to locate a teenage boy who fell into a mining pond in Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong, on Oct 3 this year.

Yahya’s family members, who reside in Kampung Tian, Matu, Mukah, also participated in the run.

After the run, state Bomba director Khirudin Drahman presented the donation to Yahya’s family.

The late Yahya Ali’s father Ali Bengan (left) and family members receive a plaque and donation from Khirudin, witnessed by senior dept officers.
The late Yahya’s sister Zainab Ali, 18, having a go at the rappelling activity.

The noble campaign was also an eye-opener event for members of the public, who witnessed other activities such as rappelling, flying fox and tactical operations demonstrations from the firemen.

The public also got to watch the Rapid Intervention Motorcycle (RIM) team demonstrating their superbikes, which are equipped with basic firefighting and rescue equipment.

Bomba personnel demonstrating the abseiling techniques at the charity run.

“The presence of all the runners and volunteers today showed that the community is caring and thoughtful of those in need. They willingly participated and donated to our fallen hero in red.

“All of you are part and parcel of this community, and as such, your caring attitude will do well to foster unity in our society. This will give us the motivation to serve the society better,” Khirudin said. — DayakDaily