'Riding With Geoff And Drew': Crews Of Fallen Firies Return To Fire Ground
Two days after the deaths of two of their members, crews from the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade have returned to firefronts to protect communities in their honour.
Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton and Firefighter Andrew O'Dwyer were killed on Thursday evening after their truck rolled while on duty at the Green Wattle Creek fire south-west of Sydney.
On Saturday, as catastrophic fire conditions ravaged parts of the state, their crew mates set out again, vowing to continue protecting local communities in their memory.
Overnight, the Horsley Park brigade truck was emblazoned with a touching tribute for the two men.
Two messages on the truck's front window near the driver and front passenger seats read: 'In Memory of Geoff Keaton' and 'In Memory of Andrew O'Dwyer'.
"In true Horsley Park spirit, our crew are heading out today as part of a Cumberland Zone Strike Team in memory of Geoff and Andrew," the brigade said on its Facebook page.
"To all crews in the field today, stay safe and look after each other."
Local MP Tanya Davies was among those who left messages of support for the crew online. After visiting the brigade on Friday, she thanked the crew for setting out again.
"You are all heroes," she posted on their Facebook.
"Be safe and look out for each other."
Tributes have been pouring in for the two young fathers, with flags flown at half-mast across the state on Friday.
Outside their Horsley Park brigade, two helmets with Keaton and O'Dwyer's names emblazoned on the back were laid in front of a heart-wrenching memorial for firefighters.
Locals have also been leaving flowers and messages around the memorial.
A dedicated account has been set up by the RFS for anyone wanting to donate to the men's families. It can be found here.
Multiple fires are at emergency level in NSW on Saturday as the state faces catastrophic fire conditions.
Homes have been lost and several firefighters have also been treated for heat exhaustion.