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Vakacegu Farewell, Accorded Water Salute

Vakacegu Farewell, Accorded Water Salute
Aviation fire officers carry the casket of late Iliesa Vakacegu to rest at the Enamanu cemetary in Nadi yesterday. Photo: CHRISTOPHER CHAND
May 17
11:00 2017


A sea of black and white filled the Nasareci Methodist Church in Namaka, Nadi, as family, friends and co-workers of the late Iliesa Vakacegu bade him farewell.

The chief firefighter of the Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) was accorded a water salute, befitting of any man his rank.

Elder sister, Ana Nagatalevu, said his brother was a true gentleman towards his work and when it to his family matters.

“Interestingly he followed our father’s footsteps. Our father Aisake Vakacegu, who was also the chief fire officer in his prime days. My brother followed the same and even he occupied the same office space which our father had,” Ms Nagatalevu said during the eulogy.

The man from Ogea, Lau, had spent 20 years as an airport firefighter and worked his way to the top until he became manager on October 7 last year.

Acting chief Semi Banuve praised Mr Vakacegu, 56, for his passion and standard towards his work and colleagues.



Mr Vakacegu’s, journey began in 1996 when he was recruited at Nadi Airport Fire Station.

His hard work and perseverance paid off nine years later when he was promoted on August 8,2005 as Junior Station Officer.

On March 7, 2007, he was promoted to Station Officer and this was followed by another promotion in July 2012 where he became a Senior Fire Officer.

He later became the acting manager until his confirmation as manager last year. He is survived by his wife, Kelera, and their five children.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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