Canadian firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty are now permanently commemorated on the Canadian Firefighters Memorial, officially unveiled in Ottawa, Sept. 9.
Governor General David Johnston was on hand for the unveiling of the large statue of a firefighter by a pole pointing to the names of those who have died in fires, on-duty accidents or from work-related illnesses.
“It is difficult for many of us to truly comprehend what it is to fight fire. Most people will never know what it’s like to approach, enter and climb a set of stairs in a burning building. Few of us will ever be called upon to stand firm before a raging, unpredictable forest fire, or to make quick decisions that can mean the difference between life and death,” said Johnston.
“Fire is an elemental force a...