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Devastated family of Armagh firefighter Gary in plea to witnesses to tragic collision

Father's quest for answers two weeks after motorcycle collision

Picture courtesy of Hamilton family

The family of an Armagh firefighter who was killed in a motorcycle collision two weeks ago have pleaded directly for any witnesses to come forward.

Twenty-seven-year-old Gary Hamilton had been travelling along the Castlewellan Road, Banbridge, when the tragedy occurred.

He had been riding a Yamaha motorcycle, travelling in the direction of Banbridge, when the collision happened shortly before 10am on Sunday, July 8.

The loss of Mr Hamilton, from Armagh, was a devastating blow for his family, friends and colleagues.

A retained firefighter in Armagh and wholetime firefighter in Portadown, he was the son of Brian and Geraldine, partner of Aisling and brother to Claire.

His family are anxious for witnesses to come forward – to either themselves or police – and have reiterated police PSNI appeals.

Dad Brian told Armagh I : “Some people don’t like going to the police, so if they would like to contact the family that’s fine.

“We just want to get some lead to get to the bottom of what happened.”

The family want anyone who was travelling along the Castlewellan Road at around 10am and who saw what happened to come forward with any information they may have.

Police are also urging people to get in touch if they can help.

“Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision, who may have dashcam footage, or who was travelling on the Castlewellan Road and observed the motorcycle prior to the collision to contact local officers in Lurgan or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 639 08/07/18,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

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