Three of the four crew members of the SMURD emergency rescuer killed in action as their helicopter crashed in Moldova, were buried in Iasi on Sunday, to gun salutes and the applause of locals.
The coffins of two SMURD Iasi rescuers – nurse Gabriel Sandu and pilot Doru Gavril – were welcomed to the Peter and Paul cemetery with tens of wreathes lining up the alleys all the way to their tombs.
The two were lain to rest to gun salutes, in the presence of relatives as well as hundreds of friends, colleagues and state officials from Romania and Moldova.
During the funeral, a helicopter of the Iasi Special Aviation Unit, which commander was Daru Gavril, flew over the area, scattering flowers over the coffins containing the rescuers’ dead bodies. In their turn, gendarmes fired arms. Two aircraftof the Civilian Aviation also flew over the area in homage and appreciation to the SMURD rescuers.
A similar ceremony was scheduled for the Buna Vestire cemetery, where killed SMURD doctor Mihaela Dumea was to be buried.
The fourth rescuer, pilot Voicu Socai, was buried in Bacau on Sunday.
President Iohannis decorates crew
President Klaus Iohannis signed on Saturday the decrees for the posthumous decoration of the four crew members died on Thursday in the crash of a Romanian medevac helicopter in the neighbouring Republic of Moldova, the Presidential Administration announced.
In recognition of their professionalism, humanitarianism and spirit of sacrifice, the president bestowed the National Order ‘For Merit’ in rank of knight to dr. Mihaela Dumea; the National Cross ‘Faithful Service’ 3rd class to chief nurse to Adrian-Gabriel Sandu; and the National Order ‘For Merit’ in rank of knight, with military insignia to pilot Group Captain Ilie Doru Gavril and copilot Wing Commander Constantin Voicu Socae.
The decorations were proposed by Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu and respectively the Internal Affairs Minister Petre Toba. The helicopter belonged to the Internal Affairs Ministry’s Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication SMURD.