May 24, 2024

On the anniversary of 9/11, the group displays on the bodily and psychological well being toll firefighters endure.

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A brand new era of firefighters is simply too younger to recollect September 11, 2001. At a ceremony honouring victims of the assaults and firefighters who’ve died or been injured on the job, Evan Crawford of the Fort McMurray Firefighters’ Affiliation stated specializing in the previous helps firefighters plan for the longer term.

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“It’s on all of us to proceed this custom and honour not solely these from 9/11, however each member of the fireplace service and guarantee we proceed to serve with honour, obligation and braveness whereas by no means forgetting the historical past of this career,” he stated.

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The Monday morning ceremony outdoors Fireplace Corridor #5 in Gregoire honoured the lives of 5 fallen Fort McMurray firefighters: James Banting, Conrad Dion, Rick Hawkins, David Richard and Larry Walker.

The day marks the twenty second anniversary of the 9/11 assaults. On that day, 2,977 folks had been killed, together with 343 firefighters, 23 New York cops and 37 Port Authority officers.

Regional Fireplace Chief Jody Butz stated the day is a reminder of the challenges of firefighting. He thanked firefighters who spent the summer time preventing wildfires throughout Canada, safeguarding oilsands and industrial websites, and serving as volunteer and profession firefighters of their communities.

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“You’re the ones that we depend on to determine fireplace guards that shield our communities and houses. You additionally look after our family members, and also you’re at all times prepared to answer requires assist,” stated Butz. “You’re fearless in your willingness to confront risks when others are looking for security.”

The bodily and psychological well being toll firefighters endure is changing into broadly identified among the many public. Most cancers is the highest main sickness and loss of life for firefighters, stated Crawford. Specializing in the well being and security of firefighters has turn into a high precedence at a nationwide stage, he stated.

In 2021, a College of Alberta research discovered one-in-seven firefighters who fought the 2016 Horse River Wildfire have persistent lung injury. The research additionally discovered firefighters closely uncovered to the wildfire are greater than double the danger of creating bronchial asthma in comparison with the final inhabitants. The outcomes are much like what firefighters that responded to the 9/11 assaults skilled in later years.

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Crawford honoured different Fort McMurray firefighters who had handed from most cancers: Bo Cooper, Cheryl Golosky, Christopher Relph and Rick Wilkinson.

Firefighters and RES workers additionally learn prayers and poems on the ceremony. A bell ceremony, a long-standing custom amongst firefighters, honoured firefighters who had died on the job. A bagpiper performed Wonderful Grace, wreaths had been laid on the memorial, and the Final Submit was performed earlier than a second of silence.

“We thanks for at all times being there on your associates and neighbors once they’re having the worst day of their lives,” stated Mayor Sandy Bowman, who attended the ceremony with councillors Jane Stroud and Funky Banjoko.

“You’ll at all times have my help and my dedication to doing every little thing I can to ensure you’re persevering with to set an instance for everybody on this area.”

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Jackets that belonged to Fort McMurray firefighters James Banting and David Richard at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Jackets that belonged to Fort McMurray firefighters James Banting and David Richard on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
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The honour guard on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
The honour guard at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
The honour guard on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
The honour guard at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
The honour guard on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Evan Crawford, president of the Fort McMurray Firefighters’ Association, at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Evan Crawford, president of the Fort McMurray Firefighters’ Affiliation, on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Curtis Robinson sits with other firefighters at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Curtis Robinson sits with different firefighters on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
A bagpiper at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A bagpiper on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Regional Fire Chief Jody Butz speaks at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Regional Fireplace Chief Jody Butz speaks on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Mayor Sandy Bowman speaks at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fire Hall 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Mayor Sandy Bowman speaks on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
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The Bell Ceremony on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Fireplace Corridor 5 in Fort McMurray on September 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

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