Hudson bushfire, NSW: Volunteer firefighter is killed by falling tree while battling huge blaze

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A volunteer firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while battling the Hudson bushfire in north-west New South Wales.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said fellow crew members provided first aid to the man until paramedics arrived at the site near the town of Walgett.

He was taken to Lightning Ridge Medical Facility, where he later died.

A volunteer NSW firefighter has died after being struck by a tree battling a blaze in the state’s north-west

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NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Rob Rogers expressed his condolences “on the passing of a dedicated volunteer who helped keep the community safe”.

“This gentleman made the ultimate sacrifice. His tragic and untimely death is a solemn reminder of the dangers our firefighters face,” he said.

‘Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fire service colleagues at this terrible time. We offer all assistance to his family and fellow brigade members.’

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