Ontario Fire College memorial service honours fallen comrades and those still on the job
GRAVENHURST — Firefighters from across the province paid their respects to fallen comrades — and those who continue to battle fires, save lives and rescue trapped auto accident victims — at a memorial service Saturday afternoon at the Ontario Fire College.
About 85 people — families, friends, children and two dozen retired and active firefighters came as part of a motorcycle party — turned out on a gorgeous summer’s afternoon.
With the OntarioFireCollege pipe and drums band and a colour party leading the way, the dignitaries from the college and the Firefighters Association of Ontario recognized the bravery and service of firefighters in Ontario.
Those who died — as recently as that morning — were recognized in a list of men and women of the service.
Acting college principal Guy Degagne, college padre Rev. Jim Sitler, Ontario Deputy Fire Marshal Jim Jessop and Dave Carruthers, president of the Firefighters’ Association were among those who spoke and layed wreaths at the cenotaph.
With three rings of the big silver bell, Last Post, lament and reveille that rang out over LakeMuskoka, it was a poignant and moving tribute.
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