Members of Dublin Airport’s Police & Fire Service have held a memorial cycle in remembrance of the crew of Rescue 116. Airport Police & Fire Service staff, together with gardai and the Irish Aviation Authority will be joined by some family members of the crew Rescue 116 to cycle Dublin Airport’s perimeter road seven times tomorrow, clocking up a total distance of 116km.
Captain Dara Fitzpatrick (45), Ciarán Smith (38), Mark Duffy (51) and Paul Ormsby (53) died after their Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed at Blackrock Island, 13km west of north Co Mayo, on March 14
.“Like everyone, we were absolutely devastated by this tragic event,” said Airport Police & Fire Service member and organiser of the event Bryan Russell. “Those who work in emergency services share a special connection so when a terrible accident like this occurs it resonates deep within our community.”
Although the event was not originally organised as a fundraiser many people supported the event by giving services and food for the cycle as well as donating funds. This has led to a gofundme page being set up; already, over €2,000 has been raised which will be given to the R116 Fund.