The funeral of Vasilis Filoras, the videographer of the UP Stories YouTube channel who died while volunteering in the wildfire-fighting efforts of Attica on Friday, took place on Tuesday in Athens.
Filoras was in northern Attica, helping others as a volunteer firefighter. He was assisting residents and the authorities with the herculean task of putting out the huge wildfires in the northern suburbs of Athens.
The 38-year-old man was the first person to pass away as a result of the Greek fires, which numbered more than 500 across the country during the last few days.
According to Spyros Tapas, a colleague of Filoras, who spoke exclusively to Greek Reporter, the 38-year old man passed away due to an accident that took place while rushing to help.
A power cable snapped and fell on him, causing the young man serious injuries.
Filoras, who was a father of two children, was rushed to the hospital right after the accident. Tragically, he later passed away.
His funeral service took place in the church of Constantine and Helen in Ano Liosia, Athens at 2:30 PM local time.
Vasilis Filoras, a Man of Service
Filoras was a drone technician and a specialized pilot who paved the way for others in this new technological field in Greece.
He used to make drones for the Greek Army, the Greek Public Broadcaster ERT, and the Civil Protection of the country.
As his colleague Tapas told Greek Reporter, Filoras was ”the King of drones.” From the Greek Police to the Greek Army, everyone was referring to him when they needed a repair or another service related to drones.
His expertise in this technology made him a real mentor to all those individuals in crucial posts of the Greek state.
The Up Stories team on Youtube said goodbye to their dear friend and colleague, releasing a video to honor his memory.
“Have a good trip, up there, buddy. We will miss your smile and your kindness forever,” their colleagues stated.
The team kindly asked for any contributions to his family during this challenging time to be directed to Aegli Kampakou’s account in Piraeus Bank, ΙΒΑΝ: GR6601718580006858123878503.
Professional and volunteer firefighters, civilians injured in fires
One professional firefighter, four volunteer firefighters and five civilians were taken to hospitals on Thursday evening in Greece as the country continued to fight against wildfires on multiple fronts.
The firefighter, who was injured in the battle against the ongoing fire at Kryoneri in north Attica, is now hospitalized at the 251 Air Force General Hospital.
Two of the volunteer firefighters had been admitted to an ICU unit due to the severity of their injuries. Fortunately, the two other volunteers who were injured did not need any intensive treatment.
The five civilians who had to be rushed to a hospital were being treated at the KAT hospital in Athens. Three of these came from the north Attica area of Drossopigi, and two from the area of Kryoneri.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias had ordered on Thursday that Sismanogleio Hospital in Athens stays on rolling duty, and the same was ordered for the Burns & Plastic Surgery Clinic at KAT hospital.