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New details revealed in 'abhorrent' roadside death of firefighter

New details revealed in 'abhorrent' roadside death of firefighter
Police have labelled the suspected hit-run death of a firefighter in the NSW Hunter region as "abhorrent" as they urge a mystery caller who provided details about the incident to come forward.
Emergency crews were called to Carrington Street, Glenridding, in the early hours of September 29, 2018 after reports a man's body had been found on the side of the road.
The man was identified as 43-year-old New Zealand firefighter Ian Pullen, who was in the Hunter region assisting with bushfire efforts.
Ian Pullen was in Australia helping with bushfire efforts when he was found dead on the side of the road in Glenridding in 2018. (NSW Police)
An anonymous call made to police indicates the vehicle involved returned to the scene and the occupants exited the car and approached the husband and father while he was still alive.
Last year, Mr Pullen's family pleaded for information on what happened to him.
"We never thought the last time we said goodbye would actually be the last," Mr Pullen's mother Gill told reporters.
"He was in Australia doing what he loved - ready to help others at the drop of a hat.
"All we want is answers, and hopefully we get some soon."
Investigators believe Mr Pullen was struck by the vehicle between 4am and 5.30am that day and are urging the caller to come forward.
Today, NSW Police Detective Inspector Matthew Zimmer reminded the public a $350,000 reward remains on offer for anyone who can provide useful information in the case.
"Ian Pullen had come to the region to help the community battle a bushfire threat and to think that someone struck him with their vehicle and left him to die is abhorrent," Detective Inspector Zimmer said.
"An anonymous tip-off has led investigators to believe the driver of the vehicle knew they had struck someone, and police are interested in their movements after exiting the car.
"We are appealing for that caller to come forward and speak with investigators so we can continue to piece together exactly what happened on that tragic morning.
"It's been nearly two years since Mr Pullen's death, and we want to provide some answers for his heart-broken family. They need to know what happened to their loving son, husband and father," Mr Zimmer said.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contactCrime Stopperson 1800 333 000.