Ceremony honouring fallen firefighters ‘especially poignant’ as crews battle Waterton wildfire
Fire Chief Steve Dongworth said Tuesday a ceremony in honour of fallen Calgary firefighters is “especially poignant” with crews currently battling the devastating Kenow Mountain Wildfire, which has destroyed the main visitor centre at Waterton Lakes National Park and has forced hundreds of people from their homes.
“Of course, when we have people in active fire situations, particularly remote and in slightly different circumstances from what we’d normally perform, that makes it particularly pertinent to us,” he said.
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Dongworth said three separate relief crews from the Calgary Fire Department have been deployed to help protect the Waterton townsite.
On Tuesday, the department honoured 45 of its fallen comrades in an annual memorial ceremony at the Police and Firefighters Tribute Plaza in Calgary.
The event pays homage to firefighters who’ve died on the job or lost their lives due to an illness related to their work.
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Fellow firefighters, family members and complete strangers came to pay their respects.
“For every firefighter, I think, this strikes a note,” Dongworth said. “I know the community takes this very seriously as well, and recognizes the sacrifice of those people, as we do.”
He said firefighters are well aware of the dangers they face on the job. But, he said it’s important to remember the sacrifices of those who’ve lost their lives.
–With files from Aurelio Perri
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