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Flag half-mast to honour Firefighters’ National Memorial Day in White Rock

Day set to remember the sacrifices made by firefighters on the job
A three-man crew from White Rock and two four-man crews from Surrey assisted with the wildfire efforts in Kelowna earlier this summer. (City of White Rock photo)

The flag at White Rock City Hall was lowered to half-mast on Sunday (Sept. 10), in observance of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

The national memorial day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to remember firefighters who have lost their lives while on the job, the City tweeted on Sunday.

The province’s premier, David Eby, issued a written statement on Sunday as well, offering his “deep appreciation and admiration for the firefighters who have lost their lives in brave service to others,” while noting that wildfires continue to burn across B.C. and the country.

“This summer, we lost two young firefighters in B.C., Devyn Gale and Zak Muise, who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting people and communities from wildfires,” Eby said.

READ ALSO: White Rock, Surrey firefighters deploy to West Kelowna ‘war zone’

“Words are not strong enough to capture our debt to these heroes or the loss to their families and communities. We will not forget them.”

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Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’m a lifelong writer, and worked as a journalist in community newspapers for more than a decade, from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey, from 2001-2012
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