CFFF Courage Vol.14 NA

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7 T he Foundation was pleased to have the National Defence Fire Service (NDFS) serving as our "Honourary Hosts" for the 2018 ceremony. We wish to thank them for their generous support and assistance during the 15th Annual Canadian Firefighter Memorial weekend. The NDFS is comprised of approximately 1000 members representing Canadian Forces and Public Service Employees who serve as fire fighters, fire service instructors and fire prevention inspectors at military installations across Canada and overseas. The NDFS is under the command of Canadian Forces Fire Marshal, Lieutenant Colonel Lee Goodman, CD, who oversees both civilian and military firefighter personnel and is also responsible for all fire protection related policies and operations for the Canadian Armed Forces. A welcome guest to our ceremony was the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who was seated along with L/Col. Goodman, CFFF president Bob Kirkpatrick and Vice-president Mike McKenna (Master of Ceremony). It was most certainly an honour to have the Prime Minister of Canada attend and share this year's ceremony. Truly a poignant moment for the Foundation as the Prime Minister and our CFFF President, Robert Kirkpatrick, joined Canadian Firefighters as they presented the Foundation helmet and medallion to the families of fallen Canadian firefighters. The PM was certainly moved by this experience. The 2018 ceremony included over 800 fire service members representing all provinces, territories, regions and branches of the Canadian Fire Service. This number reflects those firefighters and chief officers who mustered "on parade" within our CFFF marching contingents, Honour Guard platoons, Colour Party, the Massed Pipes and Drums, and Ottawa Fire Service band. Happy to report, that once again, the weather cooperated over the memorial weekend, providing a great view of our national flag flying respectfully at half mast in honour of fallen firefighters, during the Sunday ceremony. It also allowed the honoured families of the fallen and fire service members, the opportunity to enjoy sightseeing in the nation's capital and to participate in events organized by the CFFF and sponsors. The Foundation wishes to extend its gratitude to the many volunteers and ambassadors, particularly those from Ottawa-Gatineau, who worked tirelessly to ensure the memorial weekend and ceremony was a success. A special mention to: Celine Guerin, Joel Beriault, Mike Dunlop; CFFF Directors 2018 CFFF MEMORIAL… A National Event! By John Sobey, CFFF Director, ceremony@cfff.ca

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