19-Month-Old Son Of Australian, Who Died In Fire, Gets Highest Honours

Sydney: (HRNW)┬áThe toddler son of a volunteer firefighter killed battling wildfires in Australia received one of the service’s highest honours on behalf of his father during an emotional funeral on Thursday.

Nineteen-month-old Harvey Keaton stood quietly, sucking on a pacifier, as the fire service commissioner pinned a posthumous commendation for bravery and service to his neatly pressed, oversized Rural Fire Services (RFS) shirt.

Harvey’s father, 32-year-old Geoffrey Keaton, was one of three volunteer firefighters killed in recent weeks. Keaton and a colleague died last month when a burnt tree fell in the path of their fire truck, causing it to roll.

The third firefighter died this week in what was described by authorities as a “fire tornado”.

Dozens of firefighters saluted and formed a guard of honour as Keaton’s hearse drove into a Sydney cemetery, according to pictures of the funeral posted online by the fire service.

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