TORONTO — Hundreds of fire fighters from across the province gathered Sunday at the corner of College Street and University Avenue for the annual Ontario Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Service.
The ceremony honoured 17 fire service personnel who lost their lives in the past year, bringing the total number of names inscribed on the black granite to 591.
“Being a firefighter is no ordinary job. It is a calling,” said Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. “It calls upon extraordinary men and women to place the safety of others above their own safety. When we need you, you are always there.”
Other dignitaries who addressed the crowd — which was also made up of family members and friends of the fallen fire fighters — included Lieutenant Governor David Onley and Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek.
The service included a pipe band and colour guard march, the laying of wreaths and a reading of the 17 names being added to the memorial.
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