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'Extremely honourable': Edmonton firefighters keep in mind fallen at annual memorial

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Households of fallen and present firefighters gathered on the Edmonton Firefighters Memorial Plaza on Monday morning to honour their family members who died within the line of responsibility.

The annual remembrance service is held every year on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terrorist assaults on the World Commerce Middle that killed 343 firefighters.

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Edmonton Hearth Rescue Companies (EFRS) Chief Joe Zatylny stated the previous yr has been troublesome for the service and the job doesn’t come with out dangers, citing they’ve misplaced firefighters in each the road of responsibility and from medical associated points.

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As we keep in mind our fallen, I’d prefer to take a second to acknowledge the great losses felt in our service this yr. Each day our firefighters are known as to service and that decision ensures that this metropolis is a safer place for all, but it’s one which comes with nice threat whereas we take each effort to make the job as protected as attainable,” stated Zatylny. Eleven members of EFRS died thus far in 2023.

Rob Cavell, a retired fireplace captain, took to the rostrum to learn out the names of lively and retired firefighters who’ve handed away. Greater than 20 names have been learn aloud at Monday morning’s Final Alarm observances. At occasions, Cavell’s voice shook when he known as out the names of those that handed away this yr. 

Following every identify that was known as, households of firefighters who attended every stood to just accept a memorial flag and to ring the bell that signalled the completion of their cherished one’s service.

When the ultimate identify was known as, the bell rang thrice, representing the top of their duties.

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi together with Opposition Chief Rachel Notley and different dignitaries attended the memorial. Sohi spoke concerning the bravery of each previous and present firefighters. He known as these within the service heroes and stated that when one passes away the town of Edmonton will mourn their loss.

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“This has been an particularly troublesome time for first responders. Regardless of this many firefighters have stepped up — these actions are a testomony to the dedication to serve these in want,” stated Sohi. 

Zatylny stated throughout the Sept. 11, 2001, assault he wasn’t a firefighter however he remembered strolling by a store and seeing the information on the tv. He stated it was like “being hit.”

“If you be a part of the service there are risks. You’re going to be pushed mentally, bodily and thru some medical (points) as you undergo your profession. It does converse to the drive of the people that we have now on the job and the honour and pleasure that they must proceed to do one of the best they’ll for those who they don’t know and to serve these of their group,” Zatylny stated. 

“It’s extremely honourable to have so many nice individuals within the fireplace rescue providers that step as much as that problem day-after-day and help their group day-after-day.” 

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