Hundreds of people packed into the new Katherine Fire Station this morning to remember much admired Katherine firefighter Wayne Stubbs.
Friends, family, emergency service and RAAF personnel spilled out of the expansive shed for the last 'turnout'.
Mr Stubbs was Katherine's auxiliary fire captain who battled pancreatic cancer before passing away on July 6.
A firefighter for more than 12 years, Mr Stubbs has contributed countless hours to the Katherine community, providing peer support to fellow firefighters, teaching and mentoring the younger generation and going the extra mile to give a helping hand.
Station officer Chris Manuel provided a moving eulogy, reflecting on a life lived "to the absolute maximum".
"Wayne has left an undeniable mark on each of our lives," he said.
"The recent weeks have been unbearable... The world has lost one of its treasures."
The station officer recounted heartfelt anecdotes, which told a story of a strong friendship built over many years.
"The cancer you fought may have defeated your body, but it will never defeat your spirit."
Mr Stubbs was awarded an Australian Fire Services Medal in June this year, a tribute to his long-standing commitment to the service.
Chief fire officer Mark Spain made note of the years the dedicated firefighter spent helping the community in the face of adversity, while always producing a "cheeky smile".
"We have career firefighters, we have volunteer firefighters and we have professional firefighters," Mr Spain said today.
"Wayne was a professional... his commitment and passion was seen by all."
Brodie Stubbs, Wayne's young son, braved the large crowd and recited a Fireman's Prayer.
To conclude the last 'turnout' Katherine Fire Station officer Bernie Welsford carried Mr Stubbs' ashes to be taken in a fire truck and scattered by the family.
As the crowd dispersed, many went on to the Katherine Country Club, to continue to celebrate the life of Wayne Stubbs.
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