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A passion for firefighting

Corporal Steve William Gutteridge
Corporal Steve William Gutteridge
November 26, 1967
- December 26, 2003
By Louise Butcher

CORPORAL Steve Gutteridge, a dedicated firefighter from RAAF Base Richmond, has died after a fight with pancreatic cancer.

CPL Gutteridge began his Air Force career as a transport driver in 1987, moving in 1992 to a position as a firefighter.

He served at Williamtown and Pearce, eventually moving to the Richmond Fire station where he served the longest period of his time in the Air Force.

A member of the Country Fire Service in South Australia and the rural fire service in Williamtown and the Blue Mountains, CPL Gutteridge was largely involved in fighting the 1994 bushfires near Williamtown.

A recent barbecue held by firefighters from RAAF Base Richmond and the wider Air Force community raised $6058 for him and his family. The support of his friends, family and community was unmistakable as there were more than 1000 people present.

Well liked among his colleagues and friends, he was known as a fun-loving, easygoing family man who was passionate about firefighting and his family.

He leaves behind his wife, Corporal Narelle Gutteridge, who works at RAAF Base Glenbrook, and his three children, Rebecca, 10, Rachael, 6, and Alex, 3.

Before receiving his diagnosis, CPL Gutteridge and his family purchased a home that he took great delight in renovating, ensuring that each room was finished off in fine detail.

Some of his favourite pastimes included riding his motorbike, a Suzuki he bought after discovering he had cancer, and playing computer games with his mates.

His funeral was held on January 9 at the St Thomas Church in Winmalee. CPL Gutteridge was buried at the Windsor Lawn Cemetery at the rear of RAAF Base Richmond.

 

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