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Scorched Home Propels Naicker To Pursue Firefighing Dreams

It was just before Diwali two years ago when Kaven Naicker lost his home in Tabudola in Labasa in a fire. Mr Naicker was one of the new recruits for
14 Oct 2016 11:01
Scorched Home Propels Naicker To Pursue Firefighing Dreams
L-R: Aruna Chandra (Aunty), Jitendra Naicker (Father), Kaven Naicker, and Umesh Chandra (Uncle) at the Fire Fighters passing out Parade yesterday in Togalevu in Lami yesterday. Photo: Mere Satakala

It was just before Diwali two years ago when Kaven Naicker lost his home in Tabudola in Labasa in a fire.

Mr Naicker was one of the new recruits for the National Fire Authority.

Bouncing back from the tragedy, Mr Naicker now 20, was one of the 34 new firefighters in a passing out parade yesterday in Togalevu Naval Base outside Suva.

“I’ve waited for a long time for this moment and today I’m part of the disciplined forces and achieved my dream,” he said.

The Labasa man said the 10-week intensive training was challenging and tough but he was happy that he pulled through.

Mr Naicker was fortunate that no member of his family including his father, mother, and his two siblings lost their lives during the fire.

The family is still rebuilding their home and recovering from the tragedy.

Father, Jitendra, who travelled from Labasa, savoured every moment of the passing out parade.

He said his son once wanted to follow in the footsteps of his great-grandfather who was in the army.

However, fate had other plans for him and he was proud of his decision. He added that the turning point for his son was the tragedy in 2014 when they lost their home, and he decided he wanted to become a firefighter.

The younger Mr Naicker encouraged young people still trying to choose a career path to consider a fire-fighting career.

“Go forth to serve your country to save homes and save lives,” he said.

He dedicated his achievement to his family especially to his father.

The 34 recruits will be assigned to their fire stations today.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: mere.satakala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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