MEMBERS of CFA Kongwak and District Fire Brigade were proud to honour their former captain Ray Holloway, who sadly passed away recently.

At Korumburra Cemetery last Friday, current Kongwak CFA captain Tony Reade and numerous members of the brigade, formed a guard of honour in memory of Mr Holloway before a private family funeral was held.

The members formed their guard as Mr Holloway’s coffin approached the cemetery, amid the delightful morning sun dressed in their full CFA uniforms.

Mr Holloway was captain of the brigade from 2006 to 2012, and during this time covered the Black Saturday bushfires and featured on a CFA poster that commemorated the event.

The Sentinel-Times spoke with captain Tony Reade last Friday, as members prepared to say their final goodbyes.

“Ray was 34-odd-years in the brigade, and he loved every minute of it,” Mr Reade said.

“His wife supported him all the time.

“We did a four-wheel-drive course and quite a few strike teams together.

“I did five strike teams over Black Saturday with Ray and quite a few other members also served with him as well.

“Kongwak (CFA) has been a very proud brigade; we’ve had four captains in 30 years.

“We’re very proud and have been represented in every major event in every state in Australia.”

Mr Reade said this included deployment to NSW in 2019, as well as Western Australia and Tasmania.

“Whenever we’ve been called, we’ve gone, and Ray was all part of that,” he said.

“He was very, very good and we’re very sad to see him go.”

The brigade also held a brief ceremony at their fire station on Sunday morning.

A brief excerpt of The Firefighter’s Prayer:

“When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage, grant us the strength to save lives, whatever be their age.”

“Help us embrace a little child, before it is too late, or save an older person, from the horror of that fate.

“We want to fulfil our calling, and be the best we can, in guarding our every neighbour, and protecting their property and lands.”