Colorado Springs Observation
Among these names are 7 names of WFD who have died in the Line of Duty serving the citizens of Winnipeg. These 7 names are among the over 100 WFD Firefighters who are now engraved on the International Association of Firefighters memorial. This memorial will have over 7000 names of Firefighters of the International Association of Firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1918.
These 7 names Are;
Rick Stoyko, who died in 2002 and was the first firefighter in canada to be covered under WCB presumptive Cancer Legislation. Rick dedicated some of his last years as a spokesperson in our efforts to have occupational Cancer recognized as a Line of Duty death. Today 90 percent of Firefighters in Canada are covered under this law.
Harold Lessard and Tom Nichols who died in a tragic house fire in 2007. Their Death’s lead to many changes in building bylaw changes and greater safety considerations in the WFD, thus making our job safer today.
Donald Melville, Robert Shearer, Art Smith and Robert Stewart died in the 1926 Theatre fire, the greatest single tragedy in the WFD 130 year history.
As stated, these are but 7 of our 100 WFD firefighters, but we thought these 7 are a fitting representation of the others sacrifice.