A Belize City firefighter was gunned down last night, moments after exiting his house on Welch Street in Belize City. 30-year-old Geovani Ian Lennan was yards away from his home when he was approached from behind by a male person just after seven o’clock last night. The male person reportedly opened fire on Lennan and fatally wounded him. Quick response has reportedly led to the arrest of the shooter who is known to police. Fire Chief, Colin Gillett spoke to the media this morning on the murder of Lennan, one of his exemplary fire fighters. According to the Fire Chief, Lennan was about to be promoted and was selected to conduct training for other staff members.
Colin Gillett, Fire Chief, Belize National Fire Service: “It hit me very hard because we were out here talking to him the very evening because we are starting a volunteer program and he is one of the trainers for the volunteers so we were joking about not taking it too easy on them so ‘just rough them up so they understand what it takes to be a firefighter’ and because he is so physical and so towering that the volunteers really looked up to him in both manners of speaking. From what I know of him and everyday you see him he’s always “Hi Chief how’s it going.” and he’s very soft spoken so I know that part but there was never any sign of trouble for us. He’s been here for a while and he’s been in very many places, he’s worked at Station 2, he’s done all the work that we have to do here so there’s no indication that he wouldn’t have been known to check his surroundings and go from there. We are still in shock. We actually had a counseling session for our firefighters here this morning through the Ministry and everybody is still at that point where we just, the initial reaction is just “well I just spoke to him yesterday” and “I just saw him this morning” so that’s where it’s causing us – nobody is thinking about all of that yet. So we’re just trying to go through the grieving process with them because his brother is actually our training officer so we’re actually working with him now and trying to make sure that he is okay and dealing with the family and helping them whichever way we can.”
Lennan was originally from Orange Walk Town. Love News understands that he was scheduled to play basketball last night in the Ball Is Life Basketball Tournament, but he never made it. A release from the National Fire Service describes Lennan as one of the best with optimal physical and mental fitness. Lennan will be given an honorary firefighter’s farewell and flags will be flown at half-mast for the next thirty days.