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Tributes to ex-Carlisle fireman after cancer battle

A former fireman who emerged as one of the heroes of the Carlisle floods has died aged 59.

Martin Ogilvie photo
Martin Ogilvie

Martin Ogilvie helped lead the rescue operation in the aftermath of the 2005 disaster, despite the fact his own home had been flooded.

The former soldier was also commended for saving two children from a fire and served as secretary of the Carlisle branch of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) during a 30-year career. He died peacefully in the Eden Valley Hospice, Carlisle, on March 17 after a brave battle against cancer.

Family and former colleagues described him as a devoted family man who was immensely proud to serve the Carlisle public.

Daughter Natasha said: “My dad was the most loving, caring, generous man I’ve known.

“Nothing was ever too much for him and he always put others first and went out of his way to help people.

“He had a wicked dry sense of humour and was always a wind-up merchant.

“He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2010 but fought with courage and dignity and never complained.

“During the floods, our house was flooded but my dad still went out to help.

“After the floods, we were on a TV show called Accidents Can Happen which followed my parents’ story and my dad later appeared on Harry Hill’s TV Burp where he took the mickey which my dad found hilarious.”

Mr Ogilvie, who lived on Warwick Street, was married to Kathleen. The couple had two children, Natasha and Gareth. He was also stepfather to Kathleen’s son, the late Lee.

Mr Ogilvie served in the army before joining the fire service and did three tours of Northern Ireland in the 1970s at the height of the Troubles.

A keen golfer, he was a previous captain of Brampton Golf Club.

Hugh McNaughton, former group manager with Carlisle Fire Service, a friend and former colleague, gave a speech at his funeral at Carlisle Crematorium on Thursday.

Mr McNaughton told the News & Star: “When the going got tough, as it often does in the fire service, Martin was exactly the man you wanted right beside you. What he did in the floods – putting his own troubles aside to put other people first – was a mark of the man.

“He was very much a family man, committed to serving the people of Carlisle and was loved and respected by a lot of people. Carlisle has lost a great man.”

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Sadly i didnt find out about Martin passing away until yesterday. I worked with on Red Watch a truely nice guy and was a pleasure knowing Martin. God Bless Martin.R.I.P.

Posted by Duncan Todd on 25 March 2012 at 11:19

my brother, my friend, my hero,see you on the other side martin

Posted by mark ogilvie on 24 March 2012 at 20:24

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