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Australia Loved ones remember fallen firefighter killed by tree

08:00  22 january  2020
08:00  22 january  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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A long, silent guard of honour formed as the hearse carrying fallen Victorian firefighter Bill Slade left after his funeral service today.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Firefighters and co-workers at Mr Slade's funeral. © AAP Firefighters and co-workers at Mr Slade's funeral. The much-loved husband and father-of-two was farewelled by loved ones and colleagues at a marquee overflowing with mourners at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi.

Mr Slade, 60, was working edge of a fire at Angers Rest, near Omeo, when he was struck by a tree on January 11.

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a man wearing a hat and sunglasses: Bill Slade was struck by a falling tree on January 11. © Supplied Bill Slade was struck by a falling tree on January 11.

He had worked on major fire incidents in the past including the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires.

a woman in sunglasses sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone: Loved ones embrace at the veteran firefighter's funeral. © AAP Loved ones embrace at the veteran firefighter's funeral. Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien were among the mourners, while back in Melbourne staff at the State Control Centre, including Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville and Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp, observed a minute's silence in Mr Slade's honour.

In the order of service, Mr Slade's wife Carol and his children Ethan and Steph thanked those who had provided them with love and support following the tragedy.

a person reading a book: The funeral for firefighter Bill Slade was held at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine. © AAP The funeral for firefighter Bill Slade was held at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine.

Mr Slade is one of five men killed during Victoria's bushfire crisis.

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