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Andrew O’Dwyer was in a convoy fighting blazes southwest of Sydney on December 19 when a tree fell and caused the vehicle to roll off the road.

Andrew O’Dwyer’s daughter is presented with her father’s helmet (PA)
Andrew O’Dwyer’s daughter is presented with her father’s helmet (PA)

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The young daughter of a volunteer firefighter killed in bushfires in Australia has worn his helmet at his funeral in Sydney.

Andrew O’Dwyer, 36, was in a convoy fighting blazes southwest of Sydney on December 19 when a tree fell and caused the vehicle to roll off the road.

He and another volunteer firefighter, Geoff Keaton, both fathers to 19-month-old children, died at the scene.

The commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Shane Fitzsimmons, pinned a medal on Mr O’Dwyer’s young daughter during his funeral and presented her with her father’s helmet.

“A genuine, decent guy, he loved family, loved brigade, loved outdoors, and loved serving his community,” he said during the service.

Rural Fire Service volunteers and representatives from other emergency service agencies paid their respects as Mr O’Dwyer’s coffin was carried in a hearse.

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