Farewell for fallen firefighter

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 21 Januari 2013 | 19.55

MOURNERS gathered in Victoria's east today to farewell firefighter Peter Cramer, who died while helping to tackle bushfires in Tasmania.

Mr Cramer, 61, was a Department of Sustainability and Environment firefighter and CFA volunteer from Tyers in Gippsland.

He was part of a contingent of more than 70 Victorian emergency services workers sent to Tasmania to help fight the state's devastating fires.

Mr Cramer died on January 13 near Taranna, in the state's south-east, while working on foot to identify potential containment lines on the southern boundary of the Forcett fire about 3km from the active fire edge.

Mourners filled the Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel in Traralgon for his farewell this afternoon.

Premier Ted Baillieu and senior representatives from the fire services were also expected to attend.

Family spokesman Richard Teychenne told reporters that Mr Cramer was a great bloke and a dedicated family man who was passionate about his work.

"He leaves a legacy of fire knowledge with a new generation of firefighters and a huge gap in the lives of those who knew him," Mr Teychenne said.

"His larrikin charm and his great sense of humour brought a smile to many faces, in good and in testing times.

"He died doing what he loved most -- working on fires, working in the bush and, most of all, helping others."

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