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23 CFFF CEREMONY REMARKS By Captain Robert Kirkpatrick, M.S.M. President, Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Good morning… Prime Minister Trudeau, Fire Marshal, L/Col Goodman, honoured guests, fellow firefighters, and especially the families of the fallen, Welcome to the 15 th Annual Canadian Firefighters Memorial Ceremony as the Canadian Fire Service remembers those firefighters who died in the service of their community on this 'Firefighters' National Memorial Day'. Today we are especially honoured to have in attendance the Prime Minister of Canada, the right honourable Justin Trudeau and we thank the Canadian government for their continuing support of the Canadian Fire Service. Prime Minister could you please extend our sincere thanks to your Minister of Public Safety, the Honorable Ralph Goodale, who has worked tirelessly with the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation to ensure the sacrifice of the fallen has not gone unnoticed. Special thanks to the Department of National Defence Fire Service and the Foundation's Ceremony Committee for today's event. Please check your program for the dedicated people, organizations, sponsors, and companies that help us put on this annual ceremony. It is a privilege to have our National Defence firefighters as honourary host this year. The national defence fire service was formed 100 years ago at Base Borden in Ontario and today comprises over 1,000 military and civilian firefighters. The National Defence Fire Service, which is more than a national fire service, is deployed around the world at bases, ships, and camps providing fire and rescue to our military and, in many cases, often called upon to provide these services in hostile conditions. While the fire service and all Canadians honour and remember our fallen with this ceremony today and this monument, we must not forget their families. The Foundation pledges to continue our support with education and other family support programs. Today we pause to remember over 1400 Canadian firefighters including those added today, who have died serving their communities since 1848. They have come from large cities, small towns, remote rural areas, and different branches of the fire service, and had the duty of protecting our lives, property, and natural resources. The Canadian Fire Service, facilitated by the Foundation, recognizes the sacrifice made by these families who lost a loved one in the service of their community and is committed to helping them in some way while making sure those who have answered their last alarm are never forgotten. HONOURING THE FALLEN 2018

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