Dave Harrison ‘refused to abandon his mate’

Nine News reporter Tiffiny Genders tweeted that Dave Harrison was helping friend Geoff fight fires near Batlow.

“His 3 big brothers urged him to get out but he refused to abandon his mate,” she said.

His brother Peter told 9News Mr Harrison didn’t want to leave Geoff on his own.

“He was just that sort of guy,” Peter Harrison said.

“He would help anyone at the drop of a hat – he would drive hours to help you. They had a plan to get out, but I just think he was overcome by the heat, the smoke, the exhaustion, running around putting out spot fires everywhere.”

Mr Harrison was the 18th person in NSW to die during this season’s bushfire season.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said earlier that Mr Harrison had travelled down from Goulburn.

While at the rural property on Batlow Road, he went to a ute to get water but didn’t return. His friend found him unconscious inside the vehicle a short time later.

While trying to drive Mr Harrison to help, the friend flagged down a passing police vehicle but he could not be revived.

Bushfire victim Dave Harrison. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

He is the ninth person to die in NSW bushfires since Monday. Another died on December 29 from serious burns sustained in a fire in November.

The road out of Batlow is strewn with burnt trees and dead animals that failed to flee the raging bushfire that tore through the area yesterday.

ABC cameraman Matt Roberts shared a short but harrowing clip of the drive into Batlow in southwest New South Wales this morning, showing the roadside littered with dead animals.

Dozens of charred kangaroos and livestock lay on either side of the lone stretch.

Extremely high temperatures and ferocious winds fanned flames in Batlow, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range in the Snowy Mountains, turning the blaze into a merciless monster.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said as of Sunday morning there were no people missing in the fires.


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