This poem was written in loving memory of Stuart. Who died in the Linton bush fires 1998.

Why do people have to die?
It's just so hard not to cry
To be taken away so tragically
It just makes no sense.

People hurt and people cry
Over the loss of a pal
and a fabulous guy.

I don't understand why these
things happen
and I certainly don't know
why God lets them happen.

He risked his life
for the sake of others
Now it's us who mourns and suffers.

To be taken away by a
burning fire
to put out the fire
was his only desire.

So now we are left to mourn in sorrow
and think about him today
and every tomorrow.

Miss you Stu. Xoxo

By; Katie barker, geelong west vol. fire brigade, australia