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RFS volunteer added to NSW memorial roll

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016 Anna Hitchings

A volunteer firefighter who died battling a bushfire in the Hunter Valley last year has been honoured in Sydney.

Paul Sanderson, 48, was a deputy captain of the North Rothbury Rural Fire Brigade when he died fighting bushfires in the Hunter region in November last year.

His name was added to the Volunteers Memorial on Sunday by Emergency Services Minister David Elliott at Mrs Macquarie's Point in Sydney.

The event comes after RFS and State Emergency Service volunteers spent weeks responding to flooding in parts of NSW, where the mop-up continues.

Mr Elliott says the honour roll's 88 names are a poignant reminder of the danger facing emergency services.

"The price of ensuring our community is protected in times of trouble is sometimes very high," he said.

"Today is an opportunity to honour the sacrifice made by volunteers like Mr Sanderson, who haven't come home."

More than 88,000 volunteers serve in RFS, SES, Volunteer Rescue Association and Marine Rescue around NSW.

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