Paying Tribute To Fallen Firefighters
McGuinty Government Honours Firefighters At Queen's Park, Fire Fighter Memorial
Ontario's fallen firefighters were remembered today for their bravery, heroism and sacrifice.
Families, friends and colleagues of fallen firefighters gathered together for the annual Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony at Queen's Park. The names of 31 fallen firefighters were added to the 500 already engraved on the columns of the memorial. Firefighters continue to protect and keep 13 million Ontarians safe. They are honoured today as Fire Prevention Week begins. This year's theme, Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With, addresses the critical need for working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan in every home across Ontario, information that will help protect Ontario families and prevent the deaths of more brave heroes.
- The Ontario Fire Fighter Memorial was dedicated on Sunday, June 5, 2005.
- The name, rank and date of death of Ontario's 531 fallen firefighters are engraved on the memorial's walls.
“Firefighters hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Ontario, and no community is left untouched when one is taken from us in the line of duty. Each name engraved on this memorial represents a life dedicated to service, heroism and sacrifice.”
“When I look over these 531 names I am grateful for the countless lives that they have touched and helped during their careers. It fills me with pride to share this profession with these brave members. They were great firefighters doing their job.”