The curse of longevity is the passing of co-workers, family and friends.
This page is dedicated to the fallen fire fighters of the Niagara Falls Fire Department
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) bestows the Martin E. Pearce Medal to honour the supreme sacrifice given by those who die in the line of duty. Each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the names of those who have fallen are honoured and as such their names are engraved on a wall of honour. Members from all over North America travel to attend this ceremony to honour the fallen.
The Ontario Government has erected a wall of honour at Queen's Park with the names of fire fighters who have paid the supreme sacrifice. There is a ceremony each September to honour the fallen.
The Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Association holds a ceremony in Ottawa every year in honour of these brave men and women.
The Niagara Falls Professional Fire Fighters Association (NFPFFA) is a member of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA) affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). We stand in support of all of the above memorials which honour our fallen Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Service. We also acknowledge the sacrifice that the families of those who have fallen have made and contine to make.
All of our Brother and Sister Fire Fighters listed below are considered Line of Duty Deaths due to their varied illnesses, a direct result, and continued hazard of the occupation of Fire Fighting.
The Work Place Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) has recognized the illnesses as being directly related to exposures received on the job.
Our Fallen Heroes
Timothy, Hoday Firefighter
Date of Death: April 9 2015
A Fireman's Prayer
When I am called to duty, God,
Whenever flames may rage;
Give me strength to save some life,
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person
From the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
And to give the best in me
To guard my every neighbour
And protect his property.
And if, according to my fate,
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting
My children and my wife.
- Author Unknown
Fireman's Prayer (modern)
When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage, give me strength to save some life whatever be its age, help me embrace a little child before it's too late or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout and quickly and effectively to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbour and protect their property and if according to your will I have to lose my life, Please bless with your protecting hand my family's precious life.
Fireman's Sincerest Thanks
With Sincerest Thanks To An Outstanding Fire-Fighting Professional For responding to the call of strangers in peril and, in the process, placing your own life in peril time after time.
For seeing sacrifice as simple "duty" and heroism as only "a days work". For allowing your community to work and play and sleep in peace by being a tireless watchman on the city walls.
You deserve this tribute we gladly give. You deserve the prayers for safety we pledge. You deserve our genuine and lasting thanks!
I Love You Daddy
Now I lay me down to sleep I pray dear Lord my soul you'll keep. My mommy says I need to pray for many others on this day. My daddy - he's a fireman you know he helped save many lives today and though I know he's safe with you I'd rather have him here right now cause he's the one who always said my prayers with me each night and Daddy, if you hear me way up in the sky, I want to say, I love you I'm proud of you I wish you didn't have to die.
I promise concern for others. A willingness to help all those in need.
I promise courage-courage to face and conquer my fears. Courage to share and endure the ordeal of those who need me.
I promise strength-strength of heart to bear whatever burdens might be placed upon me.
Strength of body to deliver to safety all those placed within my care.
I promise wisdom to lead, the compassion to comfort, and the love to serve unselfishly whenever I am called.
The tables set, the meals prepared our guests will soon arrive. My husband once more disappears with a hope of keeping a child alive. While waiting at home again alone our plans having gone awry my first impulse is merely to sit right down and cry. But soon again I realize the importance of my life when I agreed to take on the duties of being a fireman's wife. While there are many drawbacks I'll take them in my stride knowing my "daddy saved a life" our children can say with pride. The gusting winds and raging flames may be his final fate but with God's help I can remain my fireman's faithful mate.
History of the Maltese Cross
When a courageous band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John, found the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but a horrible device of war, it wrought excruciation pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross. The Saracen's weapon was fire.
As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens hurled a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.
Thus, these men became our first firemen and the first of a long list of courageous firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each here a badge of honour - a cross similar to the one firemen wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malts, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.
The Maltese Cross is your symbol of protection. It means that the fireman who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a fireman's badge of honour, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder rung away from death.