Memorial service in honour of fallen firefighters|
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The City of Toronto will hold a service for the addition of 18 fallen firefighters' names to the Memorial Honour Roll on Sunday. The service will include words of solace and the laying of wreaths by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston) along with members of Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association.
Date: Sunday, June 25
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Harbourfront Fire Station, 339 Queens Quay W.
Firefighters and their families and friends gather annually for the ceremony of remembrance.
A total of 272 firefighters have died in the line of duty while protecting lives, property and the environment in Toronto since 1848. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario recognizes that many of the recent deaths of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty are the result of work-related cancers.
The following 18 names (with dates of death) will be added to the Memorial Honour Roll:
• Captain William Terrell, died Oct. 9, 1991
• Captain Walter Churchmack, died March 17, 2001
• Firefighter James Cox, died Nov. 9, 2011
• District Chief William Fredrick Smith, died Nov. 26, 2014
• Captain Charles "Bud" Exton, died Jan. 10, 2015
• Captain Richard Barker, died Oct. 29, 2015
• Firefighter William Parker, died Dec. 2, 2015
• Captain George Powell, died Jan. 15, 2016
• Captain Rickie Dale, died March 13, 2016
• Firefighter John Dowdell, died March 16, 2016
• Firefighter Michael Kane, died March 21, 2016
• Captain Charles Mearns, died May 21, 2016
• Captain Dennis Moore, died Aug. 9, 2016
• Acting Captain Gino De Amicis, died Aug. 11, 2016
• Firefighter Steven Crites, died Aug. 18, 2016
• Captain William Davies, died Dec. 28, 2016
• Captain Stephen Forsey, died Feb. 25, 2017
• Captain Thomas Ford, died Mar. 7, 2017
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