CFFF Courage Vol.14 NA


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1 W elcome to the 14th edition of Courage - the Official Publication of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. As many of you may be aware, Robert Kirkpatrick stepped aside as the President of this Foundation after ten years in the role and serving on the Board since its inception. Bob saw the Foundation through its greatest period of growth, and some of the accomplishments of his tenure were: building and dedicating the Canadian Firefighter Memorial, Proclamation of National Firefighters Day, establishment of the Education and Bursary Fund, and the list goes on. Many have commented that his are very big shoes to fill, and they are! But this Foundation is not an individual effort, but rather continues to be the combined efforts of an extremely passionate and dedicated group comprised of the Executive, Board of Directors, Administrative Officer, Ambassadors, supporters, and friends of the Foundation. With their continued efforts, we look forward to finding more ways to HONOUR and REMEMBER the Fallen, but more importantly, to SUPPORT those left behind. This year, we were honored by the presence of our Prime Minister at our Annual Ceremony and, although this was the first time the Prime Minister has been in attendance, we hope it will not be the last. It also goes without saying that the undying support of the Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, continues to be appreciated by the Foundation. Big thanks to the Department of National Defense Fire Service for their outstanding efforts as the Honorary Host for our Memorial Weekend - they were, indeed, most gracious hosts and did a fantastic job. We were pleased, along with others, to play a role in the federal government's establishment of the Fallen Heroes fund and we also feel assured of the assistance, the benefit, and the impact that will be experienced by the families of the Fallen. Firefighters are often called "heroes" by the public, and that is a mantle I know many of us are uncomfortable bearing. The Fallen are not heroes by their dying, but rather all firefighters are from the moment they take up the mantle of public service, for they are always willing and ready to answer the alarm and to speed off into the unknown to protect the public and the environment. The families are heroes for their ever-present support for their loved ones in their desire to serve their fellow man. To the families of the fallen, we hope it provides you some comfort to know that you are, and will remain, a part of our family - we will be there for you. To all of our sponsors, supporters, ambassadors, dedicated Board of Directors and our Administrative Officer, a huge thank you for all that you do - our ceremonies and other responsibilities, along with the opportunities to meet the families of the Fallen constantly remind me that this work that we are privileged to engage in, is indeed, sacred work. To all firefighters, please see our challenge to you which is contained in the text of "The Last Word" at the end of our magazine. Thank you all for your continued support. Dave Sheen, President, CFFF From the President's desk… ©

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