A woman who died after a tree fell on a car in NSW's Blue Mountains has been identified as an off-duty NSW Ambulance paramedic.
Authorities found Dearne Fulcher and her son inside a Volvo sedan crushed under the large tree on Victoria Street in Katoomba about 7pm on Thursday.
Ms Fulcher suffered fatal injuries and could not be revived.
Her son Dylan, aged in his 20s, was driving the car. He was freed from the wreck and flown to Westmead Hospital with head and chest injuries, where he remains in a serious condition.
Veteran NSW paramedic was a ‘shining light’
On Friday, NSW Ambulance confirmed Ms Fulcher was one of their senior paramedics and clinicians, with more than 25 years of experience.
The organisation described her as a "shining light in her community and her profession".
“Always an extraordinary paramedic, Dearne displayed an enormous passion for delivering first-rate care to every single patient she encountered. Her strength of character was unrivalled," NSW Ambulance wrote in a Facebook tribute.
"We, and the community of Katoomba, are forever indebted to Dearne's service."
Ms Fulcher, who started with NSW Ambulance in 1994, was awarded a Bronze Bravery medal in 2002 for her work treating patients following a "devastating" series of fires at Medlow Bath.
What caused the tree to fall remains unclear but a severe weather warning was in place for damaging winds across the area.
Witness Samantha Jones said it sounded "like a bomb going off".
"It was the loudest explosion I'd ever heard. I didn't know what had happened," she said.
"I thought seriously a bomb had been dropped."
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