Tributes paid to founder of Limerick response team

TRIBUTES have been paid to Trevor Corbett, the co-founder of The Countrywide Emergency Response Team (CERT) who has passed away.

TRIBUTES have been paid to Trevor Corbett, the co-founder of The Countrywide Emergency Response Team (CERT) who has passed away.

Mr Corbett of Avonmore Road, Raheen who was the team’s chief executive and unit officer died in tragic circumstances late last week.

The 32-year-old accepted the Limerick Person of the Month award in December 2011 on behalf of the team of volunteers who patrol the Shannon River in a bid to prevent people from taking their own lives.

Hilary Thompson who volunteered with the response team said she was devastated by the loss of “a good friend”.

“I’m very sad about the whole thing. He was such a good person and he saved people’s lives. He was a great man and he did great work. I am just sorry to have lost a friend, a good friend,” said the city-based model agent.

Mr Corbett frequently led the team of volunteers - which consisted of a core group of 10, assisted by members of the public - on foot around the banks of the Shannon as well as on boat patrols on the water.

Ms Thompson joined Trevor and the group on several occasion on their patrols. “I went on foot patrol, I wouldn’t go on the boat as I was too nervous. Trevor was great and the work he did was admirable. I couldn’t believe his dedication - he was always there, every weekend and sometimes during the week. He put an awful lot into what he did,” she said.

Ms Thompson remembered Trevor who worked as a security guard at Next in the Crescent Shopping Centre, as a “very quiet, unassuming and kind man”. “He will be a huge loss,” she said.

Mr Corbett is regretted by his wife Debbie, mother Nuala, father Jimmy, sister Lorraine, brothers James, Leonard and Ivan, extended relatives and friends. 

The remains of Mr Corbett will be reposing in Cross’s Funeral Home this Tuesday from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to St Saviour’s Church. Requiem Mass takes place on Wednesday at 10.30am with burial afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetery.