FIREFIGHTER Katie Peters will be buried near her friend - a girl who 13 years ago died beside her after suffering the same fate.
In a terrible coincidence, both died when a tree fell on their cars, The Herald Sun reports.
Friends and family yesterday remembered Ms Peters as a happy girl, and a hard worker who was loved by all.
Georgia Smith, 6, was killed when a 42m gum tree fell on a car she and Ms Peters were passengers in as the two families went to the snow in May 2000.
Several people were injured in the accident a few kilometres from Ms Peters's Tallandoon home.
She joined the DSE with mates, including Georgia's sister, Emma, who was forced to relive the tragedy.
On Wednesday the horror repeated itself when Ms Peters, 19, and Corryong man Steven Kadar, 29, died battling a bushfire in Harrietville-Alpine north.
Police and the coroner are investigating the deaths that have rattled the tight-knit community.
Authorities said the tree struck the vehicle at 3.30pm but emergency services could not get to the scene until about 8pm because of the remoteness of the area and that the fire was raging.
Superintendent Paul O'Halloran said the pair's colleagues had led emergency services to the scene.
"It must've been very, very tough for those people," Supt O'Halloran said.
Family friend David Wortmann said his distraught son, Daniel, who had grown up with Ms Peters, was travelling behind his friend's vehicle when it was hit by the tree.
"The community's in shock, two young people ... it's an absolute tragedy," Mr Wortmann said.
In a statement, Ms Peters' family said she was a "happy, caring and genuine farm girl who had a great sense of humour" and was a loving sister of her four siblings and was about to start university to become a vet.
"Katie will always be held in the hearts of those who knew her," the statement said.
"Our family, Katie's partner, friends and work mates are united in grief as we try to come to terms with our loss."
Tallangatta Secondary College principal Alby Freijah said Ms Peters, who had graduated in 2011, was loved by the school community and was the college vice-captain and sports captain.
DSE chief fire officer Alan Goodwin said she was an enthusiastic member always willing to take part.
"She made time for everyone. She loved working with her mates and was incredibly down-to-earth and loved by everyone she worked with," Mr Goodwin said.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said: "It brings a hollow feeling to anyone. It really does hurt."
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