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Along with fire helmets and clunky steel-toed boots, firefighters in St. Albert will be adding a new addition to their daily uniform in honour of local soldiers fighting overseas.
Firefighters will wear red patches over their left shoulders every second Friday of the month, which will be called Red Friday in order to symbolize their support of military families.
“We do provide services to the Edmonton Garrison and we do a significant number of calls there,” said firefighter Warren Gresik.
“Since we work with them on a regular basis, wearing red will show our support and respect for those military families that have loved ones overseas.
“Whether you agree or disagree with their cause, they live with us in our community and those military families are making the ultimate sacrifice.”
The St. Albert Chapter of the International Association of Firefighters came up with the Red Fridays idea a few months ago, and Gresik said it didn’t take long for St. Albert city council to get on board.
City council in St. Albert yesterday declared every second Friday as Red Friday to encourage residents to show their support by wearing red.
“We respect with what troops are doing … and they are just doing their job. We want to send them that message of support,” said St. Albert Mayor Paul Chalifoux.
“We don’t want to take a stance on the war — we just want to support our local military families.”
City officials in Edmonton, meanwhile, have already announced plans to put “Support Our Troops” stickers on city vehicles.