Tears for the bravest of brothers: Heartbreaking scenes as boy, 10, mourns mother and heroic sibling who sacrificed his life to save him from the Australian floods
- Bereaved husband: 'The fire in my heart will continue to burn for them'
- Mother, 43, and 13-year-old son buried together
Wiping away his tears, Blake Rice was trying hard to be as brave as his big brother.
But he is only ten and the memories of that terrible day when 13-year-old Jordan sacrificed his life for him in the Queensland floods are so very raw.
Jordan’s insistence that rescuers take his little brother first as they battled to reach the boys and their mother stranded in rising waters has touched hearts the world over.
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Bereaved: Brave Blake Rice wipes away a tear as he mourns the deaths of his mother Donna and brother Jordan
Final embrace: The coffins of Donna Rice and her son Jordan are laid to rest after they were swept to their deaths when flash floods hit a Brisbane suburb
Teary eyed Blake got a hug from a mourner
BROTHER'S TRIBUTE: 'YOU'RE MY LITTLE HERO. I LOVE YOU WEEDSY'
During the service Jordan's brother Chris 22, spoke of him in a matter-of-fact way as if he was still alive.
'Jordan (pictured below), or as we called you, Weedsy, I always hung s--t on you for being such a sook. You were so shy, always hanging off mum.
'You were petrified of water, heights and even the dark. How wrong was I?
'Here you go losing your life from one of your biggest fears to save your little brother. You made me so proud. What you did took heart, courage and love.
'You're my little hero. I love you Weedsy - you'll always be missed, mate.'
'But I take comfort in the fact that you've got mum there with you, taking care of you. Give her a kiss for me mate, I love ya.'.
Both Jordan and his mother Donna were swept away to their deaths before rescuers could get back to them.
Yesterday Blake and his family gathered at their joint funeral in Toowoomba to say goodbye.
Their white coffins were brought in
one at a time, Mrs Rice’s to the music of Eric Clapton’s Tears in
Heaven, and Jordan’s to Cat Stevens’s Father and Son.
Among the mourners was Warren McErlean, the rescuer who tried so hard to save the three.
At one point he placed a comforting arm around Blake, who was sitting next to his devastated father, John Tyson.
Older brother Chris, 22, told
mourners how the family used to tease Jordan for being frightened of
water, heights and the dark and yet it was he, the brother they called
‘Weedsy’, who had been bravest of all.
‘How wrong was I? You made me so proud. What you did took heart, courage and love. You’re my little hero,’ he said.
‘I take comfort in the fact that you’ve got mum there with you, taking care of you. Give her a kiss for me, mate.’
The funeral for Jordan and his mother was the first to be held for the 20 known victims of the floods.
When Mr Tyson stood up he told those gathered around him how difficult he found it to put into words just how much he would miss his son and his partner of 28 years.
'Just the little things...the warmness of their touch, the sound of children fighting even, the smell of the grass being mowed,' he added.
'Donna cooked, cleaned, doted on the kids, the perfect mum. Jordan was quiet, reserved, but also loving and very protective.'
He added that 'the fire in my heart will continue to burn until my time comes to join them.
'But until then, all I can do is think of you both and tell anyone who'll listen just how much I love you both and how special you are.'
Mr Tyson insisted Jordan’s coffin was laid to rest atop his mother’s at the Drayton and Toowomba Cemetery.
‘It's symbolic of him being in his mother's arms,’ he said.
‘If there is one bit of comfort I can take out of the whole situation it is that neither of them will be alone.’
Sad day: The caskets are lowered at the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery
Goodbye: Mourners lay flowers at the graveside while ten-year-old Blake Rice releases a balloon in tribute
Lost friend: Schoolmates of Jordan Rice showed their sorrow at today's funeral
Queensland's premier Anna Bligh said today’s funeral was likely to be the first of many sad days in the wake of the floods. Authorities have warned the death toll of the disaster could still rise further.
'As we see the further funerals rolled out over the next week we are going to see an outpouring of emotion and that tsunami that went through that area may well be replaced by a tsunami of grief.'
Stuck in the mud: A Kangaroo languishes at a Fauna Park in Warracknabeal after floodwaters left around 1000 households in Victoria's northwest without power
Diplomatic visit: British Foreign Secretary William Hague (centre-right) and his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd (centre-left) meet victims of Queensland's devastating floods
Submerged: An aerial view of Horsham, as western and north-western Victorian towns brace themselves for the worst flooding in over 200 years.
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