Province mourns firefighter

Province mourns firefighter
: SAD LOSS: Three days of mourning for forest firefighter Carlos Martinez Photo credit: Las Tres Villas town hall

CARLOS MARTINEZ, the forest fireman who died fighting the catastrophic Sierra Bermeja (Malaga) blaze, was originally from Las Tres Villas.

Mayor Virtudes Perez, mayor of the small village (population 565), ordered three days of mourning and flags flown at half-mast for the 44-year-old firefighter, who was married and the father of two daughters aged nine and six.

“In villages, people not related on one side of the family have relatives on the other,” Perez said.


The dead firefighter’s family was very well-known, the mayor added: “They are really great people.”

Roquetas de Mar where Martinez lived, held a minute’s silence in his memory, as did Alhama de Almeria, which is the base for the Junta’s INFOCA forest-firefighting unit located in Dalias and attached to the Cedefo forest defence centre.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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