Ontario Condemns Vandalism
Bartolucci Says Defacing Fire Fighter Memorial Depraved
Ontario is condemning the actions of vandals who defaced the Fire Fighter Memorial at Queen's Park on Monday night. Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci denounced the vandalism as a cowardly and depraved act, committed under the cover of darkness.
The Fire Fighter Memorial honours the memory of those firefighters killed in the line of duty. It was built in 2005 by the Fire Fighter Memorial Foundation with funding provided by the Ontario government. Each year, the names of fallen firefighters are added to the memorial in a special ceremony of remembrance.
Vandals used spray paint to deface the memorial on Monday night.
- The names of 420 Ontario firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty are engraved on the memorial.
- Dedicated on June 5, 2005, by Premier McGuinty, the memorial is located at the northeast corner of College and University Avenue in downtown Toronto.
“This memorial marks our gratitude to those firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow Ontarians. Only the most degenerate could seek to destroy it in such a callous manner. Our hearts go out to the families of those firefighters memorialized and the thousands of active firefighters who are outraged at this despicable act. I join with all Ontarians in condemning this depravity.”