Firefighter who died in the Kazan gunpowder plant, was posthumously awarded

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva in fotobanka at a gunpowder factory in Kazan. Archival photoFirefighter who died in the Kazan gunpowder plant, was posthumously awarded© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva the image Bank

Head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov presented the order of Courage to the family of firefighter Edward Illarionov, who died when extinguishing a large fire at warehouses of the Kazan gunpowder factory, reported the press service of EMERCOM of Russia.

«By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation for bravery and courage shown at execution of an office debt in extreme conditions the order of Courage posthumously awarded the commander of the guard of the special firefighting and rescue unit number 3 of the Special administration of Federal fire service of EMERCOM of Russia №35, the captain of internal service Edward Illarionov,» — said in the Ministry. The ceremony was held on Tuesday in the Cannon courtyard Kazan Kremlin.

Illarionov was seriously injured while fighting a major fire in the warehouse building of the Kazan gunpowder factory on March 24. His unit first arrived to the scene of the fire, he instructed personnel to lay a trunk line, install a fire trucks on water sources and conduct a combat deployment, taking into account existing for the building of a bomb threat. Illarionov is not endangered co-workers, ensuring their presence at a safe distance and in a safe area from the corner of the building, and he began the exploration in a dangerous zone, in which building the explosion occurred, was seriously injured. Illarionov delivered to doctors, but on the way to the hospital he died.

Courageous and decisive action by the officer ensured the effective course of extinguishing a fire, allowed to prevent massive injury and death of personnel of fire-rescue units and employees of the facility.

Illarionov worked at the State fire service from 9 April 2001, have participated in the large fires under conditions of real danger to life and health, for which he was awarded departmental and state awards. In October 2013, has already participated in extinguishing the fire in the factory, in the shop of paint and varnish materials. Then the spread of fire can lead to tragic consequences, and destroy the fire it was possible only from the inside. Part of the captain Illarionov went on fire and the building coped with the task.

For the performance of duty under conditions involving a risk to life during fire fighting, by presidential decree he was awarded the medal «For courage». In addition, the captain Illarionov took part in liquidation of consequences of wreck of the ship «Bulgaria». The name of the captain Illarionov engraved on the stele dedicated to the memory of all firefighters who died in the line of duty.