God, you have given us the task of helping those in trouble and danger, of saving life and property, help us do our job well and do it with pride and pleasure. Sometimes we risk our lives Lord. When we think of the dangers, and when we remeber those who gave their lives in facing them help us to remember what Jesus said, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
We thank you for the mateship we enjoy, and for our loved ones who support us through it all. Lord Jesus, you alone are the Saviour of the world. Help strenghten and protect us from danger as we seek to serve you, one another and the community that we may be ready to risk all to save others. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who gave his own life that we might live forever with you. Amen.
When this innocent looking column of smoke rose above Scotchman's Hill on the North Western side of Lithgow in the early hours of the afternoon of Tuesday December 2nd, 1997, few people realised the horror and tradegy that was about to unfold.
By the time the fire had swept across the Northern edge of the Lithgow Valley it had taken the lives of 2 brave firefighters.
This site is dedicated to the memory of these men and also to the memory of all firefighters from the Greater Lithgow Area who have given their lives in the protection of lives and property since the formation of the Rural Fire Service (NSW Bushfire Brigades) in 1949.
This page is still under construction as I am trying to obtain the names of every firefighter killed fighting fires in Australia. I will also be providing links to similar sites for international firefighters.
This is a page that I hope does not have to be updated on a regular basis once I have completed it.
FIREFIGHTER'S HONOUR ROLL
Norman Anthes d:4th January 1994
Norm was a member of South Bowenfels brigade and lost his life when struck by a falling tree during firefighting operations at Mount Horrible about 20 kilometers West of Lithgow. Norm left behind a wife, Glenda and a young family.
Colin Eather d:2nd December 1997
Col was a Group Captain with the Greater Lithgow Rural Fire Services as well as being a founding member of the Marrangaroo Brigade. Col died in the Scotchman's Hill fire, along with Ted Hughes when overtaken by a fireball following a sudden wind shift. Col left behind a wife, Debbie and a young family.
Ted Hughes d:2nd December 1997
Ted was the Captain of the Wallerawang Rural Fire Service Brigade. Ted died in the Scotchman's Hill fire along with Col Eather when overtaken by a fireball following a sudden wind shift. Ted left behind a wife, Debbie and young family.
John Richard Overton d:21st September 2002
John was a volunteer with the Kanimbla Rural Fire Service Brigade. He was killed when a falling tree struck him during a hazard reduction on the night of September 21st 2002.
John lived in Sydney for several years and was a volunteer with the Terry Hills brigade and upon moving to the Central Coast became a volunteer with the Ourimbah brigade. He served 15 years there before moving to the Kanimbla Valley several years ago.
OTHER AUSTRALIAN FIREFIGHTERS
Linton, Victoria 2nd December 1998
On the night of the 2nd of December 1998 5 firefighters died in a fire at Linton near Ballarat when the wind suddenly turned the fire back on them.
INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTER'S HONOUR ROLL
New York City September 11th, 2001
Dedicated to the 343 of New York's finest (firefighters and police) and Father Mykael Judge (NYFB Chaplain) who bravely gave their lives while saving hundreds of lives when terrorist hijackers slammed two fuel laden passenger jets into the twin towers of the World Trade Center
To see some photos of the 1997 Lithgow fire please click the button below.