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Fireman suicide because he was found smoking

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Source : Oriental Daily

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(Picture Top, The poor fireman suspected of having mental illness chose to end his life last sunday)

 

Name being recorded because of smoking,caused the fireman to suicide

 

A fireman which has been active on duty for 18 years has chose to end his life by jumping off from an apartment at Yuen Long earlier. His family members expressed,the deceased had smoked in the canteen at Pat Heung Fire Station earlier last month. He was discovered by his superiors and was recorded for violating the rules. He was worried that he will be dismissed by his superiors,which will cause him to be unable to support his aged mother anymore. Under stress and pressure,he lost his senses and was needed to be sent to the hospital,he commit suicide shortly after. His family member requested the fire department to investigate his sudden mood change and return his innocence.

 

18 years service

 

The deceased was named Chu Wing Hon (42 years old). He joined the fire service at year 1990 and was being deployed for active duty at Pat Heung Fire Station after 4 years. Chu's brother was also a fireman. He is unmarried. Chu has been staying with his mother and siblings at Pat Heung's Ngau Tam Mei street.

 

Worried about being dismissed caused him to suffer from depression

 

His colleague disclosed, Pat Heung Fire Station is a small station. If the staffs have a habit of smoking, they will only smoke outdoors. However,about 2 months ago,the station has banned smoking completely.

 

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(Picture Top, Pat Heung Fire Station [station Code : PHG] )

 

Got depressed after receiving a warn

 

The deceased's family member said, Chu's superiors had discovered him smoking at the canteen on the 9th of June. His name was recorded and received a warning. Chu was worried about his prospects, he had revealed to one of his colleagues that he felt nervous,afraid to be dismissed and unable to support his aged mother. At the 24th of June, Chu was seen behaving strangely while on duty,he did not respond to his colleagues no matter how hard they tried to call his name. He was being sent to the hospital. After being discharged,his family members noticed that he has depression, instead of returning to work,Chu applied for frequent medical leaves to rest.

 

He enjoys being a fireman when he is alive,death is suspicious

 

Chu's sister stayed in Yuen Long's Long Ping Village. Last Sunday at about 4PM, Chu had suddenly jumped down from her sister's apartment after visiting her. The police suspected that he had suicide because of mental problems. The deceased's family members were filled with sadness and sorrow. According to his family members,Chu has always loved his job as a fireman when he was alive,it was only recent that he is behaving strangely. They believed that there is a special reason for his recent behaviour and about the background of the smoking incident, and requested the fire department to carry out an investigation and make clarifications to them.

 

The fire department has currently not yet release any information or comment anything about the fireman's death.

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I think mental health problem is very difficult to be identified, not like physical problems. If someone is in a wheel chair, everybody would know that person has health problem. But if you suffer mental illness such as depression, only the people around you would recognize that. He needed medical treatment but not just sick note to rest. People around him is responsible for his death.

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That's really tragic. I wonder if he considered who will be able to support his mother when he's gone? I don't think this mood change was 'sudden' though... the feelings could have been building up for a long time, and him getting caught smoking just initiated the start of a major breakdown. If his family recognized he was depressed, they should have taken it very seriously and *make* him stay at the hospital or keep an eye on him at all times.

 

His family member requested the fire department to investigate his sudden mood change and return his innocence.

 

Not quite understanding this... do they mean they think it could be blackmail/something else besides depression?

 

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his family members thought that something else unknown to them had caused the decease to change his mood suddenly, thats why they wanted the fire department to conduct an investigation to clarify things and return his innocence (if he is innocent as there might be other factors that caused his death)

 

the deceased was accused of commiting suicide because of stress as his superior warned him for smoking in the fire station.

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Fireman Chu Wing-on with 18 yrs service was over reacted to the fear that he would be sack for smoking in the canteen. It is a fact that he has violated the no smoking rule but punishment would not be that severe.

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Did his siblings support his aged mother? If they didn't, then did he ever think what will happen to his mom after he pass away? His superiors did not come out to say he would fire Chu Wing On, why did Chu take it so seriously? It's not the end of the world, you made mistake the first time ... you learn from it (not to make that same mistake the next time) and move on with your life.

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