A severe storm hammered Croatia on Friday night. Zagreb and western reaches of the country were hardest hit. Firefighter were busy all night responding to emergency calls.
The damage to downtown Zagreb is still being assessed. According to Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić there is plenty to clean up and repair: "The worst has passed, and we will clean up the damage over the next two to three days. Unfortunately we await a situation that could happen again."
Tragically, one firefighter, Davor Kovačić, died on Friday night while responding to an emergency call. Firefighters held a spontaneous commemoration today, to honor their colleague. Fire Chief Juraj Cvijović: "This is our spontaneous gathering in a sign of thanks to our colleague for everything he gave to firefighting. We will remember him as a good friend and member of the Volunteer firefighting department."
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and President Zoran Milanović issued their condolences via social media today.
"I express my sincerest condolences to Davor Kovačić's family and all of his fellow firefighters following his tragic death last night. He demonstrated his sacrifice and courage in many interventions following the earthquake in Zagreb," Prime Minister Plenković said.
“To Davor Kovačić's family and his fellow firefighters I offer my deepest condolences following his death during last night's flooding in Zagreb. Once again Davor and his colleagues showed their commitment and sacrifice when the need arises to help other people in need," said President Milanović.
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