Two Calgary firefighters added to list of fallen at annual memorial service
Calgary has lost 60 firefighters in the line of duty, nine during active firefighting and 51 due to illnesses related to firefighting. To honour our city’s fallen firefighters, Mayor Jyoti Gondek, members of City Council, the Calgary Fire Fighters Association (Local 255) and citizens joined the Calgary Fire Department and families of the fallen in remembering the Calgary firefighters who have given their lives in service to their community.
Sadly, the Calgary Fire Department Honour Guard displayed two more plaques on the three-story monument called Walls of Memory/Lantern of Light located at the Police Officers and Firefighters Tribute Plaza, including Captains Robert Allan and Gary Pozzo, who died due to occupational diseases.
“Each of the names we recognize today were more than just our colleagues and friends - they are an empty chair at the dinner table and someone who is missed every day,” said Chief Steve Dongworth. “Their service and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
The Calgary Fire Department has made many changes to the culture around health and safety, and continues to modify its practices, all of which support making today’s firefighters safer from risk and illness. “We will honour these individuals with our action, by constantly innovating to make sure our firefighters go home healthy and safe to their families, at the end of each shift and at the end of their careers.”
“The equipment we provide, the training we offer, our health screening practices – all of it is designed to ensure we make this job as safe as possible,” he said.
For more information on the Calgary Fire Department and our fallen firefighters, please visit our website.