Manitoba

No more flowers please, grieving firefighters ask public

Winnipeg firefighters mourning the deaths of two of their own from Sunday's fatal house fire are trying to stem the tide of flowers that are flooding their fire stations from the public.

Winnipeg firefighters mourning the deaths of two of their ownfromSunday's fatal house fireare trying to stem the tide of flowers that are flooding their fire stations from the public.

Alex Forrest, president of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg union, has asked the public to direct their sympathies to charity instead of sending flowers to fire halls.

"As much as we appreciate all the donations, all the flowers, all the food that's coming to our office, we're asking [people]to read our website. There's two charities … if you wish to do something," Forrest said Friday.

Those interestedcan make a donation, in memory of Capt. Harold Lessard and Capt. Thomas Nichols, to the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund or the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Forrest said.

"They're on our website, with contacts on how you can make a donation, and they can provide you with a tax receipt," he said.

"Above all, it will go to something lasting for the families, and especially for the firefighters that are currently burned."

The public can still express sympathies by signing the City of Winnipeg's books of condolence at city hall or on the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic's web site.

As well, people can attend a public memorial for Lessard and Nichols on Feb. 14 at the MTS Centre. The public is asked to be seated for the event by 9:30 a.m.

CBC Radio One and CBC-TV in Manitoba will broadcast the memorial live that day, starting at 9:30 a.m.

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