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Sri Lanka victims include firefighting hero and doctor from Perth

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Bill Harrop and Sally Bradley were killed in the Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka. Photo: ABC
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A hero firefighter and senior medical executive from Perth were among the victims killed in the Sri Lanka bombings.

British nationals Bill Harrop and Sally Bradley were on holiday in Sri Lanka, reportedly with their son Gavin, when they were caught up in the blasts on Easter Sunday.

Two Australian citizens – a mother and her 10-year-old daughter – have also been confirmed among at least 290 people killed in the terrorist attacks that targeted churches and luxury hotels.

Mr Harrop and Dr Bradley had moved to Western Australia from Manchester after Mr Harrop retired from a decorated career as a firefighter in 2012.

The 56-year-old had worked in the Greater Manchester area and was highly praised for his actions after an IRA bombing in 1996 that left more than 200 people injured.

Western Australia’s Department of Health paid tribute to Dr Bradley, 56, who was the director of clinical services at the Rockingham Peel Group.

She was described as a “well respected and dedicated” medical executive, who held similar roles at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals.

In a statement, acting chief executive of the South Metropolitan Health Service Mark Cawthorne said her loss would be deeply felt.

“She will be greatly missed by her colleagues in the South Metropolitan Health Service and all who worked with her,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service assistant county fire officer Dave Keelan described Mr Harrop’s death as “devastating news”.

“Bill served here for 30 years,” he said.

“He was a much loved and respected colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed.”

A cousin of Mr Harrop’s told the newspaper the couple had “finally fulfilled” a dream to move to Australia.

Tributes for a ‘bright light’

Former Manchester MP Lord Keith Bradley paid tribute to his sister, describing Dr Bradley as “truly a bright light in many people’s lives”.

“The light may have been cruelly distinguished for no reason or justification, but she will always live in our hearts and the memories she provided will be forever cherished,” he said.

The couple’s family released a statement describing Mr Harrop and Dr Bradley as “kindred spirits”.

“She was the personification of joy that life could bring if you approached it with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart,” the statement said.

“She dedicated her professional life to public service and was a true daughter of Greater Manchester.

“Their aim was always to experience life to the fullest. Kindred spirits, they travelled the world together, safe in each other’s arms and with smiles across their faces.

“They were the heartbeat of their families and the inspiration in their lives.

“They will be forever sorely missed, but never forgotten.”