August 18, 2014

Daniel Howard - Firefighter - New South Wales, Australia

Daniel Howard
Firefighter Daniel Howard, age 37, died in the line of duty on August 17, 2014, in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia.

Daniel was a volunteer member of Cobar's Fire Service.  He had been with the Service for five years.

Daniel was known as Howie to many of his friends.

In the morning, Daniel and other firefighters attended a fire at a hotel and pub in Cobar. Ten people inside the hotel had managed to escape when the fire broke out at about 8:00 a.m. The fire may have started on the roof. However, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

At about 9:00 a.m., a wall collapsed on Daniel and another firefighter.

Both men were transported to the local hospital. Tragically, Daniel died of cardiac arrest. The other firefighter escaped with a broken arm.

Daniel had intended on attending a family gathering that weekend but instead filled in for a fellow firefighter's shifts.

He was a successful electrical contractor. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Daniel
and for those who have
lost him
His firefighting comrades are deeply saddened over the death of their brother.

Daniel's friends and the local community are in mourning over his sudden and tragic death. 

He is described as genuine, brave, gentle, helpful, honest and a hard worker. He cared about his community. He also had a sense of humour and was fun to be around. He will be forever remembered.

Daniel's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He is a hero. He will be forever mourned.

Daniel is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents; two sisters; his fiancée, Jenna, and his 3 year old step-son.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Daniel. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Daniel is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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