The emotional moment a rural firefighter from Ballandean, a town in Queensland, saved his home from a fast-approaching fire has been captured on camera – showing the heartbreaking reality of the bushfires. Since last week, more than 80 bushfires have raged across Queensland forcing residents into evacuation centres.
Now rural firefighter Aaron Cox has been praised online after his wife Bindi took a moving photo of him moments after he saved their home from the fires. In the emotional photo, Aaron is pictured sat down and pressing both hands against his face.
According to an ABC report, his wife captioned the powerful post with: “This is a man who has fought hard for his community since Friday and has just finished the epic fight to save his own house when he had nothing left in the tank to begin with.
“I know you think this photo makes you look vulnerable but in that moment we both felt this. No-one understands what a bushfire does to you until you have to fight.”
Rural firefighter Aaron Cox had just saved his own home at Ballandean from a fast-moving bushfire on Monday when his wife Bindi captured this moment.
"I know you think this photo makes you look vulnerable but in that moment we both felt this."
— Patrick Williams (@PatrickWilliams) September 11, 2019
Many people on social media have since praised the firefighter for his brave efforts, with one writing: “Thankyou for all your efforts and letting your wife share this. It doesn’t just show vulnerability it shows strength, emotion, determination, honour, respect & more.”
Another added: “Aaron congratulations and what a wonderful and powerful image. As a still active Volunteer Fire fighter myself I am always impressed when I see men such as you show that you are human!”
While a third wrote: “This image bought me to tears.I have so much respect and appreciation for what you and your teams do Aaron.” Meanwhile, another commented: “A powerful photo. Glad you managed to save your home. You guys do so much to help the community. Well done to you all.”
Meanwhile, it comes just few days after Aaron took to social media to share a moving post amid the raging bushfires. Taking to Facebook, he wrote: “In 2014 fire came close to Cypress Ridge and from nowhere sprang an army of yellow pj wearing folk to help. I thought the best way to return the favour was to join and I did. Being a relative newcomer to the rfs [Rural Fire Service] I want to share what I have since learned.”
He continued: “Firefighters are not hero’s and mostly they are not braver than anyone else. They are just people. People who believe that it isn’t right to abandon people when they most need help. It doesn’t matter who the people are they just help. To me this the meaning of what the human spirit is supposed to be about.”
Aaron then thanked all the firefighter crews, including his home crew of Ballandean, for coming together “to help solve [the] problem”, adding: “Not Hero’s, not brave, just doing what’s right.”
Over the weekend firefighters were focusing on bushfires burning around the towns of Applethorpe and Stanthorpe in Queensland, as well as the Binna Burra region on the Gold Coast Hinterland. However, on Monday afternoon another was sparked further north in the Sunshine Coast around Peregian Springs.
Footage of the devastating scene has been shared right across social media showing the extent of the fire as it moves closer to homes in the region. On Tuesday morning, residents in Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze Estate and Marcus Beach were all ordered to leave immediately with an emergency warning in place.
Flames from a bushfire burning right behind houses in Peregian Springs lights up the Sunshine Coast sky. Residents are urged to leave the area now and evacuate towards Noosa. Credit: Declan Park. https://t.co/pKmMIyOIBV #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/N0qr1rfDYi
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) September 9, 2019
Over the weekend Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke out about the devastation explaining it hasn’t been easy on the young and old who were not expecting such conditions so early on in the year. “This is where they raised their children, their grandchildren, so we have a number of families at the moment that are actually going through some really traumatic times,” she said in a press conference on Saturday afternoon