Firefighters Form Guard Of Honour To Pay Tribute To Fallen Volunteer Andrew O'Dwyer
Volunteer firefighter Andrew O'Dwyer has been laid to rest during an emotional funeral.
He, along with fellow volunteer Geoffrey Keaton, was killed late last year after the truck he was in hit a tree and rolled off a hill, while they were out battling a blaze in Sydney's southwest.
Mr O'Dwyer was remembered as a proud New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service (RFS) member, who considered his biggest achievement to be his baby daughter, Charlotte.
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons choked up as he addressed Mr O'Dwyer's 19-month-old daughter during the service.
He said: "Charlotte should know her father was a selfless and special man, who only left because he was a hero."
After the funeral finished, firefighters from across the NSW Rural Fire Service formed a guard of honour.
The volunteer's body was loaded into a vehicle and dozens of firefighters watched as it was led away from Our Lady of Victories in Horsley Park.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and federal Labor MP Chris Bowen were among those that attended the service.
Last week, the NSW RFS held a service for Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton.
A touching photo was released, showing Commissioner Fitzsimmons pinning a medal onto the shirt of Mr Keaton's son, Harvey.
Mr Keaton was honoured with a posthumous Commissioner's Commendation for Bravery and a Commissioner's Commendation for Service.
Following their deaths last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said they sacrificed their lives in the name of duty.
Morrison said: "They were bravely defending their communities with an unmatched spirit and a dedication that will forever set them apart amongst our most courageous Australians.
"Their sacrifice and service saving lives and saving properties will be forever remembered. I wish those injured all the best in their recovery."
RIP Andrew and Geoffrey.
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