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‘Ripper bloke’: Fallen Victorian firefighter Bill Slade farewelled

A long, silent guard of honour formed as the hearse carrying fallen Victorian firefighter Bill Slade left after his funeral service at the State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi.

The much-loved husband and father-of-two was farewelled by loved ones and colleagues at a marquee overflowing with mourners at the park on Wednesday.

A guard of honour of Forestry and Fire Management workers lines the road as the hearse departs the funeral for veteran firefighter Bill Slade.

A guard of honour of Forestry and Fire Management workers lines the road as the hearse departs the funeral for veteran firefighter Bill Slade.Credit:DAVID CROSLING

He was remembered as a ‘loving husband, doting father’ and a ‘ripper bloke’.

Mr Slade, 60, was working at the edge of a fire at Angers Rest, near Omeo, when he was struck by a tree on January 11.

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