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OTTAWA,... CITY OF NIGHT LIFE, CULTURE, HONOR AND TRADITION

This posting is a tribute to the Ottawa City Fire Chief John deHooge and all the Firefighters under his command.


September 10, 2010,
I visited the city of Ottawa to participate in the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial event on the upcoming Sunday to honor the brave, selfless and courageous public servants who did not "go home".

I first found myself in the company of the Ottawa City Fire Service Memorial parade this very day after being invited by the Parade Master, Director John Sobey, who introduced me to the department Chiefs who greeted me warmly and graciously accepted me to march with them and honor their fallen at the monument located in the center of the bustling metropolis.



The warm sun and cooling breeze set the tone for the day as we gathered the women and men from all the city departments save those who remained on call to protect the public from danger. The emotions of all attending was of mixed sorrow for the fallen and joy of the gathering of all the members who displayed their special skills and interests as they prepared to play their instruments, ride their cycles and drive the many Fire Department apparatus of old and present day and proudly march to honor their fallen comrades of yesterdays and this current year.


As we assembled on the grounds of the monument at the end of our march all were proud to stand tall and listen to the loving dedication presented by the many officials and clergy as the bell tolled to the names called of the fallen heroes who died as they lived,.. standing, working and serving.. together.



The after events at the many fine establishments to be found everywhere in Ottawa afforded me the pleasure of fine dinning, spirited drink and conversation with the added entertainment of the pipe and drum corps from Halifax, Ontario, Mississauga, Brampton, Calgary, Toronto and Burlington Fire Services putting on a "show to remember" as they marched through the city streets playing the favorite tunes of the time honored traditional Fire Service.


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They were an "amazing grace" as they played this heart warming tune improvised to thrill the adoring crowd comprised of tourists, local citizens and Firefighters from across the country and abroad who all came to enjoy this city of wonder, warmth and beauty.


I wish to thank Directors John Sobey and Wayne Jasper of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation as well as City of Ottawa Fire Chief John deHooge, Deputy Chief Al Karkkainen and Chief Safety Officer Rudy Lindia for the invitation and warm reception afforded me to attend the events that are so carefully planned and lovingly dedicated to their fallen heroes. I look forward to returning in future years to be part of the memorial events and general attractions to be found throughout Ottawa...city of night life, culture, honor and tradition.



Respectfully,

Lieutenant Frederick Georges N.S.V.F.A. / Orleans Fire and Rescue - Retired


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Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on September 25, 2010 at 4:33pm

Thanks Fred,

On behalf of the men and women of the Ottawa Fire Services thank you for your kind words and tribute to not only the OFS but all the brave fire fighters across Canada who gave their lives in service to their communities.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.

John

Teamwork "The fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results" - Andrew Carnegie /Selon Andrew Carnegie - "Le travail d'équipe est l'étincelle qui permet aux gens ordinaires d'atteindre des résultats extraordinaires"

John deHooge, MPA, CFO
Ottawa Fire Chief / Directeur du Service des incendies de la Ville d'Ottawa
1445 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON. K1Z-7L9

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