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Twenty-four Montreal firefighters, in addition to firefighter Pierre Lacroix, who died tragically during a rescue in last October 2021, will be honoured at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa on Sunday, September 11

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MONTREAL, Sept. 11, 2022 /CNW/ - Twenty-four Montreal firefighters will have their names inscribed in perpetuity on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial during a major ceremony this Sunday, September 11, starting at 10:30 a.m., in conjunction with the annual Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) ceremony. The event will take place at the base of the Firefighters' Monument located on LeBreton Flats in the nation's capital at the intersections of Lett St. & Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway on LeBreton.

Several hundred firefighters, officials and dignitaries from across Canada and USA as well came to pay tribute to fallen firefighters at the National Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. (CNW Group/Association des pompiers de Montréal)
Several hundred firefighters, officials and dignitaries from across Canada and USA as well came to pay tribute to fallen firefighters at the National Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. (CNW Group/Association des pompiers de Montréal)

A special tribute will be paid, in front of hundreds of people from across Canada and even the United States, to firefighter Pierre Lacroix who tragically lost his life on last October 17 in the Lachine Rapids during a rescue operation of two boaters who ultimately survived after capsizing, possibly due to a particularly violent and untimely wave. Firefighter Lacroix, 58 years old and on the verge of retirement, was trapped under the overturned boat.

"All of Montreal's firefighters are still heartbroken at the thought of this highly esteemed colleague's tragic death," said Chris Ross, president of the Montreal Firefighters Association today. For him, the ultimate sacrifice of firefighter Lacroix, at the risk of his life, will remain forever in the memory of Montreal firefighters for whom the sacrifice of their lives is an acceptance of the risky profession they have embraced. In addition, 24 other Montreal firefighters, who died of various cancers most likely contracted in the line of duty, will have their names inscribed in perpetuity on the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) monument.

These firefighters are:  

  1. Jacques Auger - Capitaine

  2. André Bertrand - Capitaine

  3. Serge Buron - Capitaine

  4. Marcel Champagne - Lieutenant

  5. Marcel Charbonneau - Pompier

  6. Raymond Charlebois - Pompier

  7. André Comeau - Lieutenant

  8. Yvon Coupal - Capitaine

  9. Jean-Guy Daigle - Lieutenant

  10. Rober Dupré - Lieutenant

  11. Normand Granger- Capitaine

  12. Denis Grégoire - Lieutenant

  13. Arthur Guillaume- Capitaine

  14. Roland Houle- Pompier

  15. Jean Fernand- Pompier

  16. Serge Lachapelle- Pompier

  17. Denis Lacombe- Pompier

  18. Pierre Lacroix- Pompier

  19. Pierre Léonard- Pompier

  20. Rémi Neveu- Pompier

  21. Joseph Ortuso- Pompier

  22. Réal Rabeau- Capitaine

  23. Marcel Riendeau- Pompier

  24. Gérald Riopel- Lieutenant

  25. Bernard Tremblay- Lieutenant

"These firefighters who gave their lives for the protection and safety of citizens will remain our heroes, day in and day out, and will be remembered forever by the firefighting family as well as by the public and the citizens they knowingly served," said Mr. Ross.

The President of the Montreal Firefighters Association also noted that the deaths of these 20 firefighters were obviously attributed to cancers contracted as a result of exposure to various toxins.  In any case, the president of the APM added, all other cancers, besides the 9 types of cancers recognized as occupational diseases, are not recognized as such in Quebec, contrary to Ontario and several other provinces and territories, as occupational diseases.

It is high time, concluded Mr. Ross, that Quebec shows realism and compassion in this matter for the firefighters who continue to show an extraordinary courage and spirit of renunciation in the exercise of their duties so that their fellow citizens can continue to live in safety.

NOTE: Mr. Chris Ross will be present at the event in Ottawa and available for interviews. You can contact Alexandre Dumas, at 514 898-4636, to arrange a telephone interview or in person at the event.

SOURCE Association des pompiers de Montréal

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