Memorial Ceremonies, News & Events
Always Loved, Never Forgotten
Remembering Ottawa Firefighters Line of Duty Deaths
and Legacy of Courage
The Ottawa Fire Fighters Community Foundation’s annual Memorial Service honours Ottawa Firefighters Line of Duty Deaths and Legacy of Courage recognition is held every year in the month of September usually the nearest Friday to the 11th. The service is at the site of the Fire Fighter’s monument at City Hall. Among the guests are Active and Retired Career and Volunteer Fire Fighters, their families and friends, and members of the community.
The Fire Fighter’s monument was first unveiled in 2009. The monument was constructed around two bronze figures of firefighters in action, one carrying a child, the other aiming a water hose. Black stone plaques are arranged around the two firefighter figures, with inscriptions commemorating the names of Ottawa firefighters that have fallen in the line of duty. Some of the names date back to the mid-19th century, and the early days of the Ottawa Fire Department. A piece of steel from the World Trade Centre towers is embedded in this monument, as a sign of solidarity to the men and women of the New York Fire Department that lost their lives on September 11, 2001.