It's an image we won't forget - the toddler son of fallen firefighter, Geoffrey Keaton, receiving one of his father's Bravery and Service medals from NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons on Thursday at Mr Keaton's funeral.
With a dummy in his mouth, and wearing a tiny RFS uniform, the photo of 19-month-old Harvey has captured the grief of a nation struggling to comprehend the enormity of the devastation the fires have wrought.
And what the aftermath looks like for those affected by the tragedy.
The #NSWRFS farewelled one of our own today, Geoffrey Keaton, one of two firefighters who lost their lives fighting fires on 19 December 2019. @RFSCommissioner Fitzsimmons honored Geoffrey today by posthumously awarding him Commissioner’s Commendations for Bravery and Service. pic.twitter.com/VFeZMxNuJq— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 2, 2020
"I Love you to the moon and back, daddy," read a coffee mug atop the coffin at Mr Keaton's service on Thursday.
Mr Keaton, 32, died on 19 December when his fire truck rolled while battling the large Green Wattle Creek blaze near the town of Buxton.
But tragically, he isn't the only young father we've lost in recent weeks as the fires have devastated communities around the country.
Mr Keaton's friend, Andrew O'Dwyer, 36, died in the same accident, also leaving behind a young child.
The 2 firefighters killed in a vehicle accident last night are Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton 32yrs & Firefighter Andrew O’Dwyer 36yrs, both from Horsley Park Brigade. Our thoughts are with their family, friends & fellow brigade members. #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/p3Y8zX3hBj— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) December 19, 2019
Samuel McPaul, 28, a member of the Morven Rural Fire Brigade, was killed fighting fires on the Victoria-NSW border on Monday evening. He was to become a dad with his wife, Megan, in May this year.
"The young couple were in the midst of preparations to welcome their baby and Megan is now facing parenthood without Samuel," the RFS writes on a fundraising site established for the families.
"Our collective hearts are breaking."
The #NSWRFS firefighter killed at the Green Valley Fire, east of Albury is Samuel McPaul from the Morven Brigade in the Southern Border Team. Today Service flags will be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) December 30, 2019
Our thoughts are with Sam’s family, friends & fellow Brigade members. pic.twitter.com/co28qXK1E6
As a country, our collective hearts are breaking too, for these men, these dads, these life-partners taken far too soon.
Little ones, we weep for you.
Our hearts break knowing you will never know your fathers, that they will never know you.
We ache for the milestones they'll miss, for first smiles and laughter and steps. For kisses and hugs and the fierce love of parenthood.
For birthdays and first days of school and all the ups and down your young lives will bring.
And for your beautiful brave mummies who face life, and parenthood, without their loves
There are no words, none, just a grief that's raw and deep and raging.
But little ones please know this: your fathers are heroes. They're incredible, courageous, men who gave their lives to save the lives of others - and they won't be forgotten.
We thank them, we grieve for them, we remember them - and we hold you in our hearts.
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