Paying tribute to those killed in the line of duty
Firefighters and members of the public gathered at the Police,Firefighter Tribute Plaza behind City Hall to honour those lost in theline of duty.
Calgary’s fallen firefighters were remembered at an annual memorial yesterday.
Firefighters and members of the public gathered at the Police, Firefighter Tribute Plaza behind City Hall to honour those lost in the line of duty.
“It’s an important annual event … to honour those that have sacrificed … their lives, for the protection of the citizens of Calgary,” said Garth Rabel, the director of yesterday’s ceremony.
In total, 25 firefighters were remembered. Nine died in the active line of duty, and 16 who died from occupation health issues.
Wreaths were laid and a bell was rung once for each person being remembered.
One of the more moving moments was firefighter Jason Briggs’ speech.
Briggs father Ed was one of the men remembered at yesterday’s ceremony.
He died of cancer after 33 years of service.
Both Briggs and his brother followed in their father’s footsteps and are members of the Calgary Fire Department.
Even after their father’s death Brigg’s said they never thought twice about being a firefighter.
He said his dad wouldn’t have either.
“I don’t think he would have done anything else. He was so proud to go to work every day,” said Briggs.