Calgary firefighter memorial honours fallen colleagues

The Calgary Fire Department paid tribute to a former chief and four firefighters who have either died on the job or from an illness linked to firefighting in the past year.

Ceremony pays tribute to 4 firefighters, former chief

A ceremony was held in downtown Calgary today to remember the firefighters who died in the line of duty or from illness resulting from their work. (CBC)

The Calgary Fire Department honoured its fallen members Tuesday in its annual tribute ceremony.

"Every day our firefighters risk their lives," said Chief Bruce Burrell. "Sometimes we — along with the public — forget what the outcome of this risk can be. So it is extremely important that we take the time to honour our fallen firefighters."

There have been 32 firefighters recognized during the Calgary Fire Department's 128 years of existence. (CBC)

Former chief Wayne Morris and four colleagues were added to the list this year.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was among those who joined firefighters and their families at the Police Officers and Firefighters Tribute Plaza in front of the Calgary municipal building downtown for the Seventh Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

"They put their very lives and very bodies at risk to ensure the safety of all the rest of us, which I think is a ... great and noble decision for all who make it," he said.

The plaza honours firefighters and policemen who died in the line of duty or from illness resulting from their work. There have been 32 firefighters recognized during the department's 128 years of existence.

Chief Morris was remembered for his role in establishing the tribute plaza and for his support of the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

The service included a moment of silence, laying of wreaths and ringing of the bell in honour of each fallen Calgary firefighter.