The Macarthur firefighting community joined together to farewell one of their own yesterday.
More than 300 people attended the funeral for late Wilton firefighter Peter Shearer at Tahmoor's St Anthony's Catholic Church.
Tuesday's service was led by RFS chaplain Rob Meischke. Several family members and friends came forward to speak about Mr Shearer.
Firefighters formed a guard of honour after the service as the solemn procession made its way through the Thirlmere cemetery.
Mr Shearer was a long-term servant of NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), notching up more than 50 years of service with the Wilton brigade.
He joined the Wilton Rural Fire Brigade in 1968 and moved through the brigade's ranks on his way to becoming captain.
Mr Shearer died on June 9. He was 64.
The Wilton Rural Fire Brigade paid tribute to Mr Shearer on social media and said he was "an incredible man with a very kind heart".
"Peter would often go out of his way for anyone," they said.
"If it wasn't for his tireless works, good knowledge and all-round nature, the Wilton brigade would not be what it is today.
"He will be sorely missed by us all. We are extremely grateful to him and send our deepest sympathy and respects to his family."