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Seven Ottawa firefighters among those honoured at annual ceremony remembering the fallen

Ottawa Citizen

Author of the article:Taylor Blewett
Publishing date:Sep 14, 2020

OTTAWA — September 13, 2020 — The Canadian Firefighters Annual Memorial Ceremony was held in a small in person ceremony that was streamed virtually from the Canadian Firefighters Memorial, Sunday, September 13, 2020

William Driscoll. Maynard McEwan. Robert McVeity. Gordon Paquette. Ted Tokaryk. Richard Walker. Grant Wilson.

In a small group, in the rain, a contingent of local firefighters and representatives from the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation gathered on LeBreton Flats on Sunday for a pandemic version of the annual ceremony honouring lives lost in the line of duty.

Seven Ottawa firefighters among those honoured at annual ceremony remembering the fallen

The names of seven Ottawa firefighters will be engraved on the memorial wall at the downtown monument to Canadian firefighters, along with 69 others from across the country. Some were active duty firefighters when they died, but the majority are considered legacy deaths – those who died, in retirement, from rare forms of cancer or other designated work-related illnesses. The seven Ottawa names all fall under the legacy category.

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation will conduct a solemn service to honour and remember all those firefighters that have given their lives in service to Canadians.

Join a small contingent of Foundation and local firefighters as we honour, virtually, those that have been engraved on the Canadian Firefighter Memorial. The ceremony will be live streamed (sponsored by M&L Supply) on the 13th of September at 1100 hours EST on the Foundation’s Facebook page at We respectfully ask that the ceremony not be attended by those close to the memorial site in order to respect government guidelines during the pandemic.



En raison de la pandémie actuelle, la Fondation canadienne des pompiers morts en service procédera en toute dignité à une simple cérémonie commémorative qui verra à rendre Hommage à tous les pompiers qui ont fait l’ultime sacrifice au service des Canadiens et Canadiennes et à perpétuer leur Souvenir.

Joignez-vous en ligne, de façon virtuelle, à un petit groupe de pompiers de la Fondation et de la région pour honorer ceux et celles dont le nom a été gravé sur le Monument aux pompiers canadiens (MPC). La cérémonie sera retransmise en direct (commanditée par M&L Supply) le dimanche 13 septembre, à 11 h (HNE), sur la page Facebook de la Fondation à l’adresse Nous demandons respectueusement aux personnes qui se trouvent dans la région immédiate du site du MPC de ne pas assister à la cérémonie afin de respecter les consignes sanitaires du gouvernement en temps de pandémie.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual Comedy Show originally planned for June 6, 2020 has been rescheduled to September 25, 2020 (Nepean Sportsplex). Funds raised through this show support the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA) Benevolent Fund and its chosen charities.

Over the next few months we will continue to monitor the province’s COVID-19 emergency orders and public health guidelines to confirm whether the rescheduled show can go ahead safely.

For more information about the Comedy Show, see  If you have questions about the rescheduling of the event please email: [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe!


Malcolm Todd
Executive Board Member &
Chair, Charities Committee
Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association




The World Famous Ottawa Fire Services Band will be performing at this Saturday’s December 21st  hockey game when the Ottawa Senators will be hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at the Canadian Tire Centre.


The O.F.S. Band and Color Guards will be playing the National Anthem along with a flag ceremony followed by Christmas Carols during the intermission.


The Band which is proudly led by Band Master Paul Casagrande celebrated its 50 Years this past summer.


Having such a great band and color guards representing all of us is definitely something that all active and retired OFS members should be very proud of.


Be sure to cheer them if you are going to be at Saturday’s game. The rest of us will be watching them on TV….