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Australia: Toddler Receives Medal in Honour of Father Who Died Battling Wildfires

A toddler has received one of Australia’s highest honours on behalf of his late father, who was killed battling wildfires.

Little boy Keaton is presented with his father’s medal. Pic: NSW Rural Fire Service/Reuters

An emotional funeral was held for Geoffrey Keaton, 32, one of three volunteer firefighters killed in the devastating fires in recent weeks.

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His son, nineteen-month-old Harvey Keaton, sucked on a pacifier while the fire service commissioner knelt down to pin a posthumous commendation for bravery and service to the child’s Rural Fire Services (RFS) shirt.

Tributes for volunteers Geoffrey Keaton and colleague Andrew O’Dwyer/SKY NEWS

On top of Mr Keaton’s coffin was a mug showing a picture of father and son stick figures and the inscription: “Daddy I love you to the moon and back!”

Dozens of firefighters saluted and formed a guard of honour as Mr Keaton’s hearse drove into cemetery in Sydney.

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