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CHIEF JOHN deHOOGE .. FIREFIGHTER, EDUCATOR, LEADER


                      Chief John deHooge VIDEO

If you have not had the opportunity to meet this man or hear any of the many presentations he has taken the time to offer to everyone then this is a video that should be seen.

Everyone I have ever spoken to about this generous, knowledgeable and gracious man has always had nothing but praise for his genuine caring for and acceptance of all people in the community.

He makes everyone feel comfortable in his presence because he is never aloof or above taking the time to spend a moment to listen as well as talk to all who wish his insights or just a friendly greeting.

A true officer and a gentleman who all are proud and honored to call a Friend.

 

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Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on September 24, 2016 at 1:25pm

I had the opportunity to be involved with this man thru connections I had made with some of the directors of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation at their annual event to pay tribute to their fallen in the capital city of Canada.

Repeatedly I was told about what a kind, open and fair leader he was by so many of the Firefighters who served under his command, as well as so many of the cities business leaders and their employees. I was taken by how many citizens on every level of operation city wide who knew this man personally and called him a "Friend".

Now that he has retired as the Ch
ief of the Ottawa City Fire Services he has again made himself available to the public and offered his kind and caring heart to address the needs of so many, including those who traditionally are passed over or find it difficult to fit in as outlined in this presentation.

It is with great respect and admiration that I have for this man, and all who dare to take a stand to try to bring topics to the table about the need for this time honored public service to address the failure in its ranks on every level to accept those of us who have the talent, training and desire to give of ourselves for the public good but are not being allowed to join or be effective once we are confirmed onto a department, that I wish to say thank you for all he has done in the past and is still willing to do now to help.

I have never in my forty two years of involvement with the Fire Service ever known any man or woman who had achieved the level of accomplishments as this man has done, to be as friendly or easy to approach and willing to address or be addressed by everyone of every rank as he is. If he was not in uniform you would never know he was a Chief of the city Fire Department and I am confident this is no accident.

HIGH RISE FIREFIGHTING

 


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