Ontario paid tribute today to first responders who lost their lives protecting their fellow citizens.
Premier Kathleen Wynne joined the families of seven firefighters, one police officer, four paramedics and one air ambulance pilot at a special ceremony at Queen's Park. The Premier presented family members with Tribute to the Fallen plaques and thanked them for their strength and courage in keeping alive the legacy of their loved ones.
The Ontario government created the Tribute in 2006 to honour soldiers, firefighters, and police officers of Ontario who died in the line of duty. This is the first year that paramedics were honoured at the Tribute to the Fallen ceremony.
The individuals we honour today were driven by compassion, caring, and a generous spirit. Today, I am honoured to pay tribute not only to their sacrifice, but to their indelible legacy.
- To date, 203 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, firefighters, paramedics and police officers have been honoured with a tribute.
- The Tribute to the Fallen plaques feature a framed trillium medallion and a brass plate with a commemorative inscription.