Nationals pay tribute to fallen firefighter Harry Stead

The Nationals WA have extended their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of volunteer firefighter Harry Stead, who died while responding to a bushfire at Coomalbidgup.

Member for Roe Peter Rundle said the loss was devastating.

“The outpouring of condolences from all those who knew Harry and whose lives he touches has been overwhelming, and I too share my sincere sympathies with Harry’s family and loved ones in
this difficult time,” Mr Rundle said.

“Harry will forever be remembered as a much-loved and active member of his family and the Cascade and Esperance communities.

“To his parents, Simon and Susanne, and his siblings, Tom, Louisa and Charlie, I offer my heartfelt sympathies on behalf of The Nationals WA. It is clear Harry was beloved by all who knew him, and we all share in your loss.”

Mr Rundle said the incident was a heartbreaking reminder of the risks involved with volunteer firefighting.

“WA is well served by around 27,000 emergency service volunteers, who put their lives on the line as the first, and often only, line of defence in times of crisis.

“While every precaution is taken to ensure they come home safely, there is always an inherent risk associated when responding to emergencies.

“I pay my respects to all of WA’s fire and emergency service volunteers who step up in times of need to look after their communities and neighbours.”