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Over 300 firefighters pay tribute to Rosetown volunteer firefighter Darrell Morrison

Over 300 firefighters pay tribute to Rosetown volunteer firefighter Darrell Morrison
WATCH ABOVE: Firefighters paid tribute to Darrell Morrison, a volunteer firefighter with the Rosetown Fire Department who was killed while at the scene of a crash. Meaghan Craig reports.

An estimated 300 firefighters and fire officials from 200 communities across Western Canada were in Rosetown, Sask., on Tuesday to honour and remember Darrell Morrison.

Morrison, 46, was killed on Nov. 21 while at a crash between two semis on Highway 4 north of the town, 110 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon.

The volunteer firefighter with the Rosetown Fire Department was struck by a passing semi while at the scene.

READ MORE: Rosetown, Sask. firefighter struck by semi on Highway 4 dies

Fellow emergency personnel attempted life-saving efforts and he was then taken to hospital in Rosetown where he died a short time later.

“It hits home because every call we respond to is inherently dangerous to the firefighters involved and in this incident, firefighter Morrison paid the ultimate price in what was a fairly routine motor vehicle response,” Saskatoon Fire Department assistant chief Anthony Tataryn said.

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“Our highways are becoming more dangerous with distractions, the weather and it’s kind of one of those things; it could happen to anybody,” Langham Fire Department Chief Bill McCombs said.

Firefighters paid tribute to Darrell Morrison, a volunteer firefighter with the Rosetown Fire Department who was killed while at the scene of a crash.
Firefighters paid tribute to Darrell Morrison, a volunteer firefighter with the Rosetown Fire Department who was killed while at the scene of a crash. Meaghan Craig / Global News

Morrison’s family said he will be remembered for his “contagious laugh that you could hear miles away, his kindness, selflessness and humour.”

“Darrell loved to hunt, fish, quad and spend time with family and friends.”

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Darrell Morrison was ‘perfect example of a volunteer firefighter’: Don Willner
Darrell Morrison was ‘perfect example of a volunteer firefighter’: Don Willner

A celebration of Morrison’s life started at 2 p.m. CT at the Rosetown & District Civic Centre. The funeral sat 1,000 people.

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Morrison is survived by his daughter Cheyanne, son Tristan, his parents, two brothers, and his partner Jessica Rouse.

Darrell James Morrison, a firefighter from Rosetown, Sask., died on the job Nov. 21 when he was struck by a semi while responding to a collision on Highway 4.
Darrell James Morrison, a firefighter from Rosetown, Sask., died on the job Nov. 21 when he was struck by a semi while responding to a collision on Highway 4. Supplied

— With files from Meaghan Craig