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‘A hero in our eyes’: Man dies helping defend mate’s home from fire

A man who died while fighting fires on a friend’s property near the NSW Snowy Mountains had been urged by his family to leave, but refused to abandon his mate.

David Harrison, 47, was found unconscious on a farm on Batlow Road just outside the township of Batlow about 6.30pm on Saturday. He suffered a suspected heart attack while transporting water.

David Harrison, left, died while trying to defend the property of his friend Geoff Purcell, right.

David Harrison, left, died while trying to defend the property of his friend Geoff Purcell, right.

Mr Harrison lived in Goulburn and had travelled to Batlow after Christmas to stay with school friend Geoff Purcell.

When the Dunns Road blaze flared to emergency level on Saturday, Mr Harrison’s three older brothers had sent him a text message, begging him to evacuate.

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