Fireman killed on duty to be enshrined
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A fireman who was killed on duty in New Taipei City Tuesday will be laid to rest at the Martyr's Shrine, while his family members will be given national compensation, the city government announced yesterday.
February 14, 2013, 12:36 am TWN
Family members of Huang Yu-lung (黃育隆) will receive a lump sum of NT$1.2 million, the New Taipei City Fire Department said during a press conference.
Huang's family will also be given a series of yearly compensations for the next two decades, officials said.
Moreover, the city government will cover the expenses for Huang's funeral, officials said, adding that it will also facilitate Huang's enshrinement.
Most of those interred at the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei are people who sacrificed their lives during the revolution to establish the Republic of China, as well as those who fought in the Sino-Japanese war and the Chinese Civil War.
In recent years, those who have contributed to the nation while sacrificing their lives for others have also been enshrined, regardless of whether they were military personnel or civilians.
The 36-year-old Huang sustained serious head injurious while trying to extinguish a fire at a frozen food factory in New Taipei's Wugu District on Tuesday.
He was later pronounced dead in a nearby hospital after having been treated in the Intensive Care Unit for four hours.
Investigations indicate that Huang fell off from the fifth floor of the factory from an open cargo elevator due to low visibility caused by smoke.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause for the blaze.