20 Dec Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade Suffer Loss
We offer our sincere condolences to the NSW Rural Fire Service, the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade, and the families of Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton and Mr Andrew O’Dwyer, who sadly lost their lives in an accident last night.
Both firefighters were part of a convoy in Buxton when the accident struck, after the truck they were travelling in, hit a tree and rolled over.
It is difficult for us to comprehend the sheer sadness of this tragedy, given it has by far been one of the worst bushfire seasons in recent memory that New South Wales has ever experienced.
Only last Friday we, under the patronage of His Grace Bishop Siluan of the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of the Australia and New Zealand, hosted a bushfire appeal for the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade that saw $40,000 raised.
The night was attended by the very members themselves, including the late Mr O’Dwyer.
It is further proof that being a volunteer firefighter is extremely dangerous. Here one minute, and gone the next.
We wish the families of these two respected and brave heroes, all the very strength they can muster during this difficult and tragic time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
We at the same time, wish all of our volunteer firefighters the very best as they continue in battling the blazes in some of the worst conditions only one could imagine.
We commend them on their ongoing service to the community.
Rest in Peace.