There was not a dry eye in the Sydney Helicopters’ hanger at Granville on Friday morning as a memorial service for pilot Allan ‘Tully’ Tull, who died while fighting the Kingiman fire, began.
Attended by his fiance Sheila Ryken and son Joseph Tull from New Zealand, the memorial saw the aviation industry pay respects to one of their best.
Stories were shared of Tully’s nature, his love of a practical joke and the care he took flying.
Tully was honoured by NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, colleagues, aviation stalwarts, Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant, National Parks and Wildlife personnel, Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters and a large cohort of the Rural Fire Service.
Tully died aged just 57 on Friday, August 17 when his water bombing helicopter crashed on the Kingiman fireground, west of Ulladulla.
Tully was flying a Sydney Helicopters aircraft at the time of the crash.