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May 31, 2009
Toronto fallen firefighter memorial service
  
The annual Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service was held today as a way of honouring the 213 firefighters who are named on the Memorial Honour Roll. The memorial commemorates firefighters who have died in the service of the citizens of Toronto since 1848.

The memorial event was held at Fire Station 334 (Harbourfront) at 11 a.m. today.

There are 14 additions to our Honour Roll this year:

• Captain Eric Sadler, died Oct. 7, 1970
• Captain Lester Bangay, Sept. 24, 1972
• District Chief James “Bob” Martin, Sept. 28, 1981
• Captain Raymond Brooks, Feb. 23, 1991
• Firefighter Bernie Bourne, Apr. 17, 1994
• Firefighter Kenneth Nicoll, July 12, 1995
• Firefighter Thomas M. McCullagh, Nov. 25, 2001
• Captain Craig Carter, Aug. 25, 2004
• Firefighter Charles Brown, Oct. 24, 2004
• Captain Keith Brown, Aug. 8, 2005
• District Chief Bill Yates, March 24, 2008
• District Chief Robert “Bob” Leek, Aug. 10, 2008
• Captain Ron Seymour, Oct. 8, 2008
• Firefighter Jerald Callaghan, Oct. 12, 2008

The Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial is dedicated to the brave firefighters in Toronto’s history who have lost their lives in the line of duty or died due to a work-related disease. It recognizes that firefighters risk their lives every day to protect lives, property and the environment in Toronto.

Firefighters and their families and friends gather annually for this ceremony of remembrance. Today’s event included comments and the laying of wreaths by senior representatives from the City of Toronto, Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763


 

 

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