This posting is a tribute to the Ottawa City Fire Chief John deHooge and all the Firefighters under his command.
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.
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.
Lieutenant Frederick Georges N.S.V.F.A. / Orleans Fire and Rescue - Retired