Billy Harrop and his wife Sally sadly died during the bombings on Easter Sunday which claimed 290 lives
A hero Brit firefighter and his wife have been named as victims of the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks.
Billy Harrop, 56, and his wife Sally both died during the bombings on Easter Sunday.
Their son Gavin, who was also in Sri Lanka at the time, survived the blasts which targeted churches and hotels, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Billy was a well known and highly respected former fireman celebrated for his heroism during the IRA bombing of Manchester.
He had worked in various roles across Greater Manchester and it’s thought he had recently retired and emigrated to Australia with his family.
The family was in Sri Lanka on holiday at the time of the devastating attacks.
Gary Keary, Fire Brigade Union brigade secretary, said: “The FBU is shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of former firefighter Billy Harrop and his wife in the tragic events in Sri Lanka.
The FBU sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Kev Brown, former Fire Brigades Union secretary, said: “Billy was a former pupil of Sale Grammar School, was well known in the brigade, and was a real character.
“He led the Philips Park team in response to the IRA bomb in Manchester 1996 and received a commendation for his actions in the incident.”
The devastating eight blasts killed 290 people and injured more than 500.
Members of little known Islamic group National Thowheed Jamath are alleged to have blown themselves up at three churches and three hotels on the Indian Ocean island with help from an international network.
All of the Easter Sunday bombers were Sri Lankan nationals, and the government has said there were several warnings of possible attacks in the days before the massacre that included eight Britons among the dead.
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