Leo Fransen’s crew from Diamond Beach, on mid-north coast, was fighting 21,370 hectare bushfire when he was struck

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A volunteer firefighter killed by a falling tree was a veteran whose brigade had recently travelled hundreds of kilometres to help battle a northern NSW blaze.

Leo Fransen’s crew from Diamond Beach, on the mid-north coast, was on its first day of a three-day deployment to fight the 21,370 hectare Hudson fire when he was struck on Thursday.

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