In a heart-wrenching event, Harry Stead, a valiant young volunteer firefighter in his early 20s, lost his life while bravely combating a bushfire near Esperance, Western Australia, on Boxing Day. Stead tragically succumbed to fatal injuries sustained from a fall while assisting in controlling the blaze at Coomalbidgup, about 50km from Esperance.
Harry Stead’s unwavering courage and dedication to serving his community are remembered fondly. His commitment as a firefighter stood as a testament to his selflessness and valor, highlighting the risks that these heroes willingly face every day to safeguard others.
Jackie Jarvis MLC posted on Facebook,
“My heart breaks for the Stead family and all who knew and loved Harry Stead.Harry tragically lost his life doing what farmers do – stepping up to help a neighbour and volunteering to fight a fire.My deepest condolences to his family, friends, the Cascade community and the wider WA farming and firefighting communities.”
The news of Stead’s untimely passing has left a profound impact on the community he served. Fellow residents, firefighters, and officials unite in expressing their grief and offering condolences, honoring the bravery and devotion of this remarkable young man.
The tragic loss of Harry Stead emphasizes the perils that wildfires pose, not only to the environment but also to those on the frontlines. With Australia grappling with severe fire conditions, this incident serves as a poignant reminder of the imperative for enhanced safety protocols and comprehensive support for our courageous firefighters.
Our deepest sympathies are with Harry’s family, friends, and colleagues as they navigate this difficult time. His extraordinary bravery will forever remain etched in our hearts, a testament to his remarkable spirit and sacrifice.