Published: January 8, 2020 6:16:12 pm
A volunteer firefighter, who died whereas battling bushfires in Australia, was posthumously awarded the Commissioner’s commendation for extraordinary service and bravado. And pictures from the ceremony, during which the firefighter’s younger daughter is seen sporting her father’s helmet, have gone viral.
Photos of 19-month-old Charlotte sporting the helmet of her 36-year-old father Andrew O’Dwyer at the funeral service hosted within the Sydney suburb of Horsley Park struck a chord with 1000’s of individuals on-line. Firefighters shaped a guard of honour to bid farewell to O’Dwyer and among the many tons of in attendance have been Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
As the firefighter was honoured with the best accolade for firefighters, Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons pinned the service medal on O’Dwyer’s daughter. Charlotte was captured holding her father’s casket, and sporting his helmet whereas standing in entrance of his coffin.
This 19-month-old lady’s father died combating bushfires in Australia.
Andrew O’Dwyer was a volunteer firefighter – he was posthumously awarded a medal for his service and bravado.
The medal was pinned to his daughter Charlotte’s gown as she was given her father’s helmet. pic.twitter.com/UxgZvHcUrY
— Channel 5 News (@5_News) January 7, 2020
The touching pictures of Charlotte broke many hearts. Here’s how individuals reacted:
Members of the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade, additionally carried out the haka – a Maori ceremonial dance – for O’Dwyer at the tip of the service as an indication of respect.
O’Dwyer was one of two volunteers killed final month within the line of obligation. The two males have been killed after a tree fell on their car, inflicting it to overturn. Last week, the firefighter killed within the blaze was buried and photo of his son being honoured with a medal went viral.
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