I was on the hill today and received a few texts usually a sign of bad news. It was sadly an ex Team-member had been Murdered. Sarah Hassall (McIroy) was with me in the RAF Kinloss MRT. She was a great team member loved the Mountain Rescue and a strong lass on the hill. She was always “happy go lucky” laughing and like us all a troop. It was neverv easy in these early days when the girls arrived on the RAF teams. She was a great lass strong and always enthusiastic and so funny.
She spent time in her first years at RAF Kinloss and was full time Mountain Rescue At RAF Valley in North Wales.
We had many great days on the hills and crags over the years. Sarah loved the mountains and became talented rock climber. We had one special day together doing all the tops and Munro’s on An Teallach she was the only one who came out with me to that last top. The rest of the boys sat on the Munro enjoying rest. Call – outs were never easy she saw a lot in these early years some sad events. She was a true team member.
She married and joined the Army and left in 2010 to raise her two young sons. They were her pride and joy.
I always tell folk that after she had a great day on the hill or a climb her words “Best Ever” would be to thank you for a fun time. My thoughts are with the family.
See below the Police Statement.
“Pontypridd murder investigation:
Woman victim named and her family pay tribute
South Wales Police is now in a position to name the 38 year-old woman who died following an incident at an address in Llys Graig Ty Wion, Pontypridd, on Sunday morning (6 October).
Sarah Hassall was from Chelmsford, Essex – her family have paid the following tribute to her:
‘After growing up in the family home in Chelmsford, Sarah dedicated herself to 14 years of military service in both the RAF and the Royal Engineers.
‘Her career was dominated by her commitment to mountain search and rescue – Sarah represented her units at both rock climbing competitions and competitive running.
‘Sarah left the army in 2010 to embark on, and excel at, even greater challenges – raising two young boys, Owain and Evan.
‘Sarah was my best friend and touched many more lives along the way. We all now mourn her passing, grateful for the short time we had in her company.’
Sarah’s family are currently being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.
The investigation into her death, which is being treated as murder, is ongoing. The 37 year-old man from Pontypridd, who has been arrested in connection with her murder, remains in police custody.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting occurrence *369431.“