Former NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was among a handful of people who paid tribute to fallen firefighter Samuel McPaul on the anniversary of his death on Wednesday.
RFS Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie and Southern Border Team Superintendent Pat Westwood and Mr Fitzsimmons met with Mr McPaul's wife Megan and their seven-month-old son Angus.
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"December 30 marks one year since we lost volunteer Samuel McPaul in a tragic accident caused by the downdraught of a pyro-convective column across the fire ground near Jingellic," Mr Fitzsimmons said.
"We were able to spend time with Sam's wife Megan and their beautiful baby boy Angus, family, fire-line survivors, colleagues and friends for some very special and emotional moments of reflection.
"May we ensure Megan and little Angus always knows that Sam, his dad was a true hero and that we will never forget his sacrifice while protecting and saving others."