Firefighter Andrew O'Dwyer killed battling bushfire farewelled at emotional funeral

Firefighter Andrew O'Dwyer killed battling bushfire farewelled at emotional funeral

Firefighter Andrew O'Dwyer killed battling bushfire farewelled at emotional funeral

Australian Rural Fire Service volunteer Andrew O'Dwyer who was killed last month.

Thousands of firefighters, police, SES and ambulance personnel attended the funeral service on Tuesday for the married father at Our Lady of Victories church, just 700 metres from O'Dwyer's Horsley Park RFS brigade.

He, along with fellow volunteer Geoffrey Keaton, were killed late a year ago after the truck he was in hit a tree and rolled off a hill while battling a blaze in Sydney's southwest.

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"Charlotte should know her father was a selfless and special man, who only left because he was a hero", he said.

Camera IconFirefighter Andrew O'Dwyer with his daughter Charlotte.

RFS volunteers and representatives from other emergency service agencies formed a guard of honour as Mr O'Dwyer's casket was carried into the church, with some saluting and others placing their hand on their heart.

THE YOUNG daughter of a firefighter killed battling the Australia fires wore her father's helmet on her head as she refused to leave his coffin's side.

Alongside them was a Horsley Park brigade truck, emblazoned with the words "in memory of Andrew O'Dwyer".

A third firefighter was killed in a separate incident in late December in what authorities described as a "fire tornado".

A funeral was held for O'Dwyer's colleague, Keaton, last week, where his young son stood quietly, sucking on a pacifier, while receiving his father's medal.

Days after their deaths, Keaton and O'Dwyer's partners said they were "still in denial".

O'Dwyer was an active member of the Horsley Park Brigade and a Woolworths manager who rose to the rank of deputy captain in 2009 but stepped down to spend more time with his wife and daughter, Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

In a moving Facebook post, Jess Hayes said she was also struggling to come to terms with her loss.

"Your passion and love for family, friends and the service was clear to everyone and you are going to leave a enormous hole in everyone's heart".

"Andrew was absolutely an extremely hard worker, he was dedicated, he was truly loyal, I'm reliably informed by both Mill and the Brigade", he said in his eulogy.

After the funeral finished, firefighters from across the NSW Rural Fire Service formed a guard of honour.

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