Want to learn extra?
We worth our content material and entry to our full web site is solely obtainable with a subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week entry to our web site, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to learn in your laptop/mac or cell system In addition your subscription consists of entry to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards
Just need to learn one problem? No drawback you’ll be able to subscribe for only one week (or longer if you want)
Tributes have been paid to retired hero firefighter Brian MacDonald who battled motor neurone illness.
The 43-year-old from Oban, who handed away on Wednesday, was identified 17 months in the past with the muscle-wasting situation that assaults the nervous system.
His brother John B MacDonald posted on Facebook: ‘You had been completely the whole lot to Me, Laura-anne, our daughters and everybody. I Love you a lot Brian
… Sleep tight my wee brother. No extra affected by that horrible sickness MND.’
More than 650 folks responded to the put up remembering Brian’s smile, attraction, power and braveness.
Family pal George Berry who fundraised greater than £2,000 final 12 months to assist Brian reside life to the total, stated the world had misplaced certainly one of its good guys.
‘He was such a great guy, a good guy, a peace-loving man, a gentleman through and through, who will never leave my memory. The world is a lesser place without him. I wish he’d been given extra time and crushed this cursed sickness.
‘He was a brave man. Not once did I ever hear him say he wasn’t going to make it, even within the depths of his sickness he smiled, he was all the time upbeat. He cherished life however most of all he cherished his household.’
Brian’s analysis pressured him to take early retirement this 12 months after 13 years saving lives from fires in Glasgow. It was solely when he began struggling to pull himself into the driving seat of a hearth engine that he went off sick and obtained assist from a neurologist.
He got here dwelling to Oban final August to be with household and simply earlier than Christmas moved right into a one-level cottage, a part of an amenity advanced run by Scottish charity Bield, which helps folks reside the life they need.
Brian was deeply touched by the neighborhood’s fundraising and assist for him and Motor Neurone Disease Scotland and had been hoping to participate within the largest ever pioneering medical trial of medicine tackling motor neurone illness, however Covid halted it. He had signed up with the likes of rugby legend Doddie Weir.
In an interview in April Brian informed The Oban Times his situation was deteriorating and he had been recording a voice financial institution funded by the Fire Fighters Charity as a result of shedding his voice and sense of humour could be his ‘worst case scenario’.
During his profession in Glasgow, he attended a few of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s largest incidents. He was a part of the emergency response despatched to the Clutha bar on November 29, 2013, after a police helicopter plummeted by means of its roof, killing seven folks and all three crew members. And he additionally responded to the George Square bin lorry crash in December 2014 which killed six and injured 15 others simply days earlier than Christmas.
He stated at his retirement ceremony at Oban Fire Station in January that being a firefighter was ‘the best job in the world’. The fireplace service was an enormous a part of his life, with over 164 years of service from members of his household, together with his dad, brother, uncle and cousins.
Chief Officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Martin Blunden stated: ‘The thoughts of everyone in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are with Brian’s household at this tough time.
‘Brian was a singular particular person – an actual connector of individuals, really keen about being a firefighter and above all, a household man.
‘He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and former colleagues in the service.’