Hero 'was a very special man'

2011-01-19 09:42

Pretoria - The firefighter who drowned while searching for two people in Centurion on Monday, died before he was able to receive an award for saving two people from the Apies River in Pretoria on December 16.

Henry Knox, 42 - who was sucked in by a whirlpool while searching for missing flood victims in the Hennops River in Centurion - was so dedicated to his work that he had his first proper holiday in 18 years in November last year, according to his fiancée, Francis van Vuuren, 47.

"My brother was a very special man who absolutely lived for the fire department and to save the lives of others," said Donn Knox, 44, on Tuesday at his brother's house in Dorandia in northern Pretoria.

He spoke of the award his brother was to have received.

Van Vuuren, Knox and his two sisters, Irene van Wyk, 54, and Renda Gouws, 50, received numerous visitors on Tuesday, including friends, fellow firefighters, General Daniel Manganye, head of the Tshwane metro police and Dikeledi Lehobye, Tshwane's mayoral committee member for community safety.

  • Trevor Obery - 2011-01-19 09:49

    The Three Bells Throughout most of history, the life of a firefighter has been closely associated with the ringing of a bell. As he began his hours of duty, it is the bell that started it off. Through the day and night, each alarm was sounded by a bell, which called him to fight fire and to place his life in jeopardy for the good of his fellow man. And when the fire was out, and the alarm had come to an end, the bell rang three times to signal the end. And now our Brother Knox has completed his task, his duties well done, and the bell rings three times in memory of, and in tribute to, his life and service.

      HAWKEYES - 2011-01-19 09:55

      Well said Trevor -

      Perfume - 2011-01-19 09:56

      Sjoe Trevor I am moved by your comment :)

      flicknife - 2011-01-19 10:20

      A truly moving tribute to a person whose life was to save others. Excellent words Trevor.

      THH - 2011-01-19 10:25

      Trevor you my friend need a bells for that, moving stuff.

      warickw - 2011-01-19 10:38

      Very well Said Trevor - My condolences go out to his family

      Dave - 2011-01-19 10:48

      Wow, that is one helluva tribute to one helluva man.

  • khulumasizwe - 2011-01-19 10:04

    Very sad story, indeed very sad, a great lesson to be drawn from this fallen hero, rest in peace knox

  • gigi.rensburg - 2011-01-19 10:19

    What a tragic end to a great person!! never knew you "Knoxie" but your reputation preceeds you!! live long in the arms of our Great Father!!

  • Will99 - 2011-01-19 11:07

    Well said! R.I.P. to a hero amongst men.

  • Mikea - 2011-01-19 11:20

    RIP. Absolute Hero. Condolenses to the Family.

      Mikea - 2011-01-19 11:47

      And Criminals and Rapists walk free. Makes you sick.

  • Barry - 2011-01-19 12:11

    Henry Knox you are a true hero. It is heart wrending to loose any person who job it is to save lives.Our herts go out to your family and friends. Just a comment on the photo of Dikeledi consoling Francis. Why can't all South Africans be like this. Lets get rid of the hate and animosity we show each other. Stop waiting for tragedies to bring us together.

  • stax - 2011-01-19 13:47

    Trevor my man you said it all.I am sure ETV will make sure this story will be one of there SA heroes story and it should run for n while.It is these kinds of deeds that should get exposure because i am a believer this can unite our people.

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