South East and Murraylands firefighters gathered to form guard of honour to pay respects to fallen CFS volunteer Louise Hincks as as her body made its way back to her family in the city on Monday, January 24.
A fire which tore through Coles for four days, near Lucindale, destroyed thousands of hectares of grasslands and took the life of one brave Country Fire Service Volunteer, who has been regarded as a hero.
Hincks sadly died when a falling tree struck her and another CFS volunteer who were working near their vehicle on the fireground on Friday, January 21.
CFS members embraced and comforted each other as Louise's body was chauffeured by her Happy Valley brigade team members.
Tailem Bend CFS captain Dwayne Martin said many CFS brigades along the route from the South East to city lined up to pay their respects.
"We wanted to pay out respects to a colleague and we are all pretty moved by the events," he said.
"It hit home to us and we wanted to honour her and her work ... we had crews on the fire ground and were working with Louise's crew the previous day.
"We just want to rally around her brigade and family who would be doing it pretty tough."
The other CFS volunteer who was involved in the accident was taken to hospital with serious injuries' but is expected to make a full recovery.
The cause of the fire, which burned through 3877 hectares, remained unknown, but is not believed to be suspicious.
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