A volunteer firefighter killed during the NSW bushfire crisis has been farewelled in an emotional funeral procession involving his fiancee and young son. Geoffrey Keaton, 32, died when his fire truck rolled while battling the large Green Wattle Creek blaze near the town of Buxton. Mr Keaton was remembered at a funeral at Pinegrove Memorial Park in Minchinbury on Thursday morning.
Fiancée Jess Hayes and young son Harvey were part of a long procession of fire trucks that drove to the service in tribute to Mr Keaton. NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons honoured Mr Keaton with a Commendation for Bravery and a Commissioner's Commendation for Service.
The toddler, dressed in a firefighter outfit and with a pacifier in his mouth, stood in front of NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons who bent down to the child's height.
Little Harvey wore a white button up shirt with the RFS insignia emblazoned on the short sleeves. Ms Hayes and Harvey were seen saying an emotional goodbye to Mr Keaton as they stood by his coffin and pressed a hand to a photograph of him. An RFS guard of honour was also formed.
Mr Keaton was part of the 68-strong Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade.Members of his brigade could be seen saluting Mr Keaton as the hearse began to leave the funeral. 'An additional public memorial service is also currently being planned by NSWRFS in the coming weeks,' the brigade said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and wife Jenny were among those paying tribute to Mr Keaton. Volunteer Andrew O'Dwyer, 36, was also killed in the crash and will be remembered at a separate service next week.