Fitting tribute to firefighter who died battling bushfires

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Firefighters formed a guard of honour to farewell volunteer Andrew O’Dwyer who’s been remembered as a proud NSW Rural Fire Service member whose greatest achievement was his young daughter.

Mr O’Dwyer, 36, died in December when his fire truck rolled while battling the large Green Wattle Creek blaze near the town of Buxton.

News.Com.Au, reports that a requiem mass was held on Tuesday for the fallen firefighter at Our Lady of Victories in Horsley Park, the suburb where his RFS brigade is based. Hundreds of family, friends and RFS members filled the church as tributes flowed for the young father.

Errol O’Dwyer said farewelling his son was the hardest thing he ever had to do.

O’Dwyer (Snr) described his son as a free spirit who lived in the present and whose greatest achievement was his daughter.

O’Dyer leaves behind his wife Melissa and young daughter Charlotte.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and federal Labor MP Chris Bowen were among the mourners.

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons choked up as he addressed Mr O’Dwyer’s daughter Charlotte.

Charlotte should know her father was a selfless and special man, who only left because he was a hero, the commissioner told the congregation.

Wearing a white dress with her hair in pigtails, the toddler at one stage touched her father’s casket before she wandered up to the pulpit during the service.

Via News.Com.Au / 7 News


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