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Calgary's Fallen Firefighters

Calgary has lost 58 firefighters in the line of duty, nine during active firefighting and 49 due to illnesses related to firefighting. To honour our city’s fallen firefighters, the Calgary Fire Department and their Honour Guard hold an annual ceremony on the second Tuesday in September at the City of Calgary Municipal Building, in the Police Officers and Firefighters Tribute Plaza.

Police Officers and Firefighters Tribute Plaza

To pay tribute to Calgary’s police officers and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty, the Police Officers and Firefighters Tribute Plaza opened in Jan. 2006 in front of Calgary’s Municipal Building on Macleod Trail. The most striking feature of the Plaza is the three-story-tall monument Walls of Memory/Lantern of Light which features stone-clad walls covered in historic photographs at the base of a tower of steel and coloured glass that opens to the sky.​​​​​​​

Calgary Fire Department Fallen Firefighters

  • Hugh McShane, Firefighter
    4 years of service
    Apparatus accident, Nov. 17, 1923
  • Arthur Simmons, Captain
    37 years of service
    Union Packing Plant fire, Dec. 30, 1948
  • Norman Cocks, Firefighter
    4 years of service
    Training accident, May 8, 1962
  • Lloyd Dutnall, Lieutenant
    18 years of service
    Calgary Stockyards fire, Sept. 6, 1970
  • Harold Smith, Lieutenant
    26 years of service
    McTavish Block fire, May 26, 1971
  • Jerald Walter, Firefighter
    1 years of service
    Beachcomber Night Club fire, April 19, 1972
  • David Allan, Firefighter
    21 years of service
    Apparatus accident, Aug. 25, 1976
  • George R. Look, Firefighter
    1 years of service
    Manchester Racquet Club fire, Jan. 1, 1981
  • Arthur Scotten, Captain
    29 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Dec. 3, 1985
  • Morley James, Senior Firefighter
    17 years of service
    Forest Lawn Hotel fire, July 13, 1992
  • Ron J. Renard, Captain
    30 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, July 2, 1998
  • Donald G. Kennedy, Lieutenant
    23 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Feb. 16, 1989
  • Kenneth D. Moody, Division Chief
    37 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Sept. 14, 1999
  • Maurice Simonin, Division Chief
    36 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, March 21, 2000
  • Garry Kendall, Captain
    28 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, July 21, 2000
  • Terrance Burton, Senior Firefighter
    21 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Nov. 16, 2000
  • George Heming, Chief Training Officer
    33 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, June 26, 2003
  • Edward Briggs, Captain
    32 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Jan. 23, 2004
  • William Beattie, Deputy Chief
    35 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, May 9, 2005
  • Alan H. Edwards, Captain
    32 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, May 12, 2005
  • Thomas Minhinnett, Fire Chief
    37 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, June 28, 2005
  • Reuben Poffenroth, District Chief
    35 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Sept. 5, 2005
  • Robert Elder, Firefighter
    11 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Sept. 9, 2005
  • James Symon, Captain
    31 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Nov. 24, 2005
    James Keats, Captain
    30 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, May 30, 2006

Bruce Dancy, Captain
27 years of service
Occupational Cancer, Aug. 31, 2006
Sidney Gilbert, District Chief
32 years of service
Occupational Cancer, March 15, 2007
Gordon Paul, Senior Firefighter
17 years of service
Occupational Cancer, Aug. 7, 2007
Olaf Wilson, Captain
30 years of service
Occupational Cancer, Oct. 17, 2007

  • James Carrington, Division Chief
  • 38 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Nov. 24, 2008
  • C. Ronald Lindberg, Captain
    29 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, May 18, 2010
  • Bruce Seitz, Captain
    32 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Aug. 11, 2010
  • Robert Derrheim, Captain
    32 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, July 11, 2011
  • Rik J. Taylor, Captain
    30 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, April 23, 2012
  • Wayne Morris, Fire Chief
    38 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Aug. 1, 2012
  • Leslie Badry, District Chief
    34 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, March 6, 2013
  • Allan Anderson, Captain
    30 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, April 9, 2013
  • Robert D. Moore, Captain
    30 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Aug. 11, 2013
  • Henry (Hank) Goldsworthy, Captain
    33 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Sept. 7, 2013
  • William McCaw, Captain
    28 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Sept. 11, 2013
  • Neville Cave, District Chief
    35 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Feb. 13, 2014
  • Richard Befus, District Chief
    32 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, July 31, 2014
  • John McLeod, District Chief
    36 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Nov. 6, 2014
  • Francois Rivest, Training Officer
    33 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Aug. 17, 2015
  • Ross P. Ellison, Captain
    33 years of service
    Occupational Cancer, Oct. 9, 2016
  • James Brosh, District Chief
    32 years of service
    Occupational cancer, February 20, 2017
  • Paul Baker, Captain
    34 years of service
    Occupational cancer, March 17, 2017
  • Donald M. McDougall, District Chief

36 years of service
Occupational cancer, May 15, 2017
Glenn G. Adams, Captain
32 years of service
Occupational cancer, December 11, 2017
David E. Rothery, District Chief
34 years of service
Occupational cancer, March 20, 2018
Douglas Robb, Division Chief
37 years of service
Occupational cancer, January 18, 2019
Daniel O. Praud, Captain
30 years of service
Occupational cancer, February 11, 2019
Gene M. Paulson, Captain
34 years of service
Occupational cancer, March 13, 2019
Vance C. Ertmoed, Captain
30 years of service
Occupational cancer, October 13, 2019
Harry W. Skakum, Senior Firefighter
26 years of service
Occupational cancer, April 9, 2020
John C. Doherty, Captain
28 years of service
Occupational cancer, May 5, 2020
Roger K. Thompson, Captain
31 years of service
Occupational cancer, May 20, 2020
Donald G. Taylor, Captain
34 years of service
Occupational cancer, May 26, 2020

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