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Tributes paid as first serving prison officer in Northern Ireland dies from Covid-19

'Our Service is the poorer for his passing and the circumstances of his death make our loss all the more painful. He will be long remembered'

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A serving prison officer has died from Covid-19.

The Director General of the Prison Service has led tributes to the first prison officer to die from the virus in Northern Ireland.

Writing to prison staff this morning, Ronnie Armour said, “It was with a deep sense of sadness that I learned last night of the passing of one of our colleagues, after a short battle with Covid-19.

“He cared deeply about the Service and he worked tirelessly over the years to make things better and safer.

“On behalf of the Service I want to express our heartfelt sympathies to his family circle and to those colleagues who worked alongside him.

“Our Service is the poorer for his passing and the circumstances of his death make our loss all the more painful. He will be long remembered.”

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