Stories of courage and care: your heroes from a summer of fire, drought and flood

Crazy situation: Day turned to night as smoke and strong winds quickly moved the fire front towards the crew.
Crazy situation: Day turned to night as smoke and strong winds quickly moved the fire front towards the crew.

It took just three minutes for all hell to break loose. Day turned to night , winds of 100km/h lashed the area, embers rained down and the Currowan inferno passed over.

It was all in a night's work for the Dunmore Rural Fire Service crew.

Somehow Dunmore brigade captain Greg Hardy managed to save a Tomerong property, protect the fire truck but most importantly keep his crew safe.

Read the full account of how a night of horror panned out and watch the terrifying dashcam footage here: right here

It has been Australia's lost summer. Drought, hail, floods and, worst of all, bushfires have ravaged communities all over the nation.

But the selfless actions of friends, family, neighbours, strangers, local groups and volunteer organisations have inspired us and strengthened the bonds of community.

Please join us in saying thanks to the heroes of the home front by sharing your stories of gratitude. To salute a person or a group, please use this form: