Firefighter a hero to his family
THE heartbroken children of Andrew 'Packy' Turnbull will for ever remember their late father as a hero.
A massive crowd of more than 1500 mourners gathered at the Cudgen Leagues Club on Saturday to pay their respects to the popular Kingscliff firefighter, who passed away after battling a grassfire at Fingal Head a week ago.
He was 35 years old.
Mr Turnbull's son, Corey, 16, read a tribute to his late father on behalf of his brothers and sister.
“Dad, you left this world a hero and that's how I will remember you,” Corey said.
“My life with dad was unlike any other. He was always there for us and I always knew I could rely on him.”
Mr Turnbull leaves behind five children and two stepchildren.
His youngest, Kiara, is only 12 months old.
Friends and colleagues from all eras of Mr Turnbull's life, from his days as a student at Kingscliff Public School, his security work at the Kingscliff Hotel, his 25 years as part of the Cudgen Leagues Club and his seven years of service with the Kingscliff Fire Brigade, gathered to say goodbye. Mr Turnbull was accorded full fire brigade honours at his funeral.