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Hero Laid To Rest

Hero Laid To Rest
Losana Bulitavu over her husband, Tomasi Bulitavu’s casket bidding him farewell for the last time while being comforted by her grandmother Laisa Vocevoce after the funeral church service at the Apostolic Life Ministry Church on August 9 2018. INSET: The late Tomasi Bulitavu Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
August 10
11:00 2018

Please take out my passengers first, don’t worry about me. Covered in blood and heavily injured, these were the last words of the late Tomasi Bulitavu to fire­fighters as he sat stuck in the seat of a minibus involved in a three-vehicle road accident, which killed seven people at Nabou last Satur­day.

Senior Pastor Nemani Bulitavu put on a strong face to deliver the sermon during his 27-year-old son’s funeral service at the Apostolic Life Ministry Church along Denarau Road in Nadi yesterday.

 

“What he said to those firefight­ers truly shows his personality and that he is always ready to put others first before himself,” he said.

Pastor Bulitavu added that his son was a true servant of God and the manner, in which he had carried out his life helped a lot of people to find their way back to church.

“There has been a lot of talk on my son’s death in the media and social media, but only God knows what’s best for Tomasi because none of us sitting here would have known of what happened,” he said.

“Even to his last breath, my son was heavily injured stuck in that van, he still thought about the life of his passengers because he knew that the lives of his passengers were his responsibility. Some driv­ers are fond of leaving passengers and running away during an acci­dent,” he said.

The last moments of Tomasi’s life, Pastor Bulitavu added should be a lesson to people that when faced with a storm they should always re­main calm.

“We are at peace because we know that our son has gone to be with his maker, even when my wife was cry­ing I told her to be at peace because Tomasi has gone to a better place and trust me if it wasn’t for the God we serve, I would be crying here,” he said.

The late Tomasi is survived by his wife, Losana Bulitavu, one daugh­ter and two sons. He hailed from Malake Village in Saqani, Caka­udrove and had maternal links to the village of Moala in Nadi.

Uncle Vuniyani Lumuni described his nephew as a humble and hard working man.

“This is a man who had so much respect for his elders and uncles; he was always there for us when we needed his help without complain­ing. It is really a great loss for our family, both from his parents’ side,” Mr Lumuni said.

Dr Vereniki Rawalui of Zen Medi­cal Centre said Tomasi worked for them as an ambulance driver for more than two years.

“Having him was a blessing and through his work we have seen what it’s like to really have a heart to care for people, as an ambulance driver he would carry out his ser­vice well in order to save the lives of others,” Dr Raiwalui said.

He was laid to rest at his mother’s village in Moala, Nadi.

Edited by Percy Kean

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