CFFF Courage Vol.14 NA

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R ecently, when I had the privilege of representing the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation at the American National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Annual Memorial Weekend, I had the privilege of meeting prominent politicians, fire industry leaders, business leaders, firefighters, and family members, from across America. But one meeting in particular had a profound impact on me. A wonderful lady from a returning family approached me and introduced herself. She was from upstate New York and told me that she had a close family friend who was a professional firefighter in a community near where I live. She talked about how he always came down to their annual golf tournament in support of the Fallen. She told me how she had described for him all the wonderful things that the NFFF does to honour, remember and support the Fallen and their families. He replied that it was too bad they did not have something similar in Canada! So, she congratulated me on trying to get a Foundation started! After 15 years of ceremonies, fundraising, and building a monument that is deemed by many as the "crown jewel" of our Nation's Capital monuments. After years of incredible assistance from our supporters and sponsors. After immeasurable hours of work by our Board, volunteers such as the bands, cyclists, golfers, honour guards, and the list goes on and on and on. After fourteen years of this magazine being mailed free to every firehall in the country. Never mind the general public, our own fire family apparently does not know enough about us! So, we give you the following challenge "EACH ONE TELLS ONE"! If you know of, or are aware of the work of the CFFF, please take the time to find one of your brothers or sisters and direct them to one of our many media sources: our website (www.cfff.ca), our Facebook page, our twitter account (@CanFirefighters). Better yet, make plans with them to join us on Sunday, September 9th, 2019 in Ottawa for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony. Our Memorial site is hallowed ground, and the service we are privileged to offer as a Foundation is, indeed, sacred work. Please become a part of helping us to HONOUR and REMEMBER the Fallen, and to provide SUPPORT to all those they left behind. 71 THE LAST WORD By David Sheen, CFFF President ©

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