The Ottawa Fire Fighters Community Foundation’s 15 annual Memorial Service to honour Ottawa Firefighters Line of Duty Deaths and Legacy of courage recognition was held on Friday, September 9th, 2016. The service was at the site of the Fire Fighter’s monument at City Hall. Among the guests were Active and Retired Career and Volunteer Fire Fighters, their families and friends, and members of the community.
The fire Fighter’s monument was first unveiled in 2009. The monument was constructed around two bronze figures of firefighters in action, one carrying a child, the other aiming a water hose. Black stone plaques are arranged around the two firefighter figures, with inscriptions commemorating the names of Ottawa firefighters that have fallen in the line of duty. Some of the names date back to the mid-19th century, and the early days of the Ottawa Fire Department. A piece of steel from the World Trade Centre towers is embedded in this monument, as a sign of solidarity to the men and women of the New York Fire Department that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
I ask that you take a moment the next time you come across an Ottawa Fire Service member, whether they are a volunteer or full time fire fighter, and thank them for choosing this line of duty. They are individuals who have made a dedication to keep communities safe and save lives. They are real life super heroes.