It’s a photo that’s exploded on social media after this firey’s daughter took to Facebook in a heart-wrenching plea for help at 1.42am yesterday.
“This is a picture of my Dad getting 5 mins sleep on our front lawn, while my brother keeps watch over the fire burning at the top of our farm after he finished his 10th 12 hr+ day in a row fighting voluntarily in the community with the RFS NSW,” Jenna O’Keeffe said in an online post.
In Conjola, along NSW’s south coast, firefighters have been warring with nature “nonstop for over a month”, according to Ms O’Keeffe.
“They are tired, they are sore, and they are running out of resources.”
Ms O’Keeffe told Facebook users that she saw her dad cry. “Jen, I have never seen anything like this, it’s never ending,” the firefighter told his daughter.
“There is currently no end in sight,” Ms O’Keeffe agreed, pointing out that there is still two months of summer left.
“Australia is on fire and there are brave people all over the country VOLUNTARILY fighting day in, day out to keep our lives and homes safe,” she said.
“These firefighters need our support more than ever!
“This should be our one and only focus.
“Please don’t become numb to what’s happening,” she begged of social media users.
The post has received nearly 70,000 reactions and has been shared more than 40,000 times.
Ms O’Keeffe’s father has been hailed a hero numerous times in the comments.
“Your picture really tells the story of true strength and endurance and exhaustion,” one Facebook user said.
Communities in southern NSW and northern Victoria rejoiced last night after the sky unleashed rain upon their smoking towns.
However, the Bureau of Meteorology urged people to remain vigilant, as the rain was quite light, with falls of 1-5mm recorded across East Gippsland and the northeast.
Hot conditions are forecast to return later in the week.
Thirteen people have died in the fires in NSW, Victoria and South Australia since New Year’s Eve.
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This is a picture of my Dad getting 5 mins sleep on our front lawn, while my brother keeps watch over the fire burning…
Posted by Jenna O’Keeffe on Saturday, 4 January 2020