VICTORIA (March 8, 2021) – Official Opposition Leader Shirley Bond released the following statement today for the postponed Biennial B.C. Fallen Fire Fighters’ Memorial Day:
“Today we would normally gather in person, as we do every two years, on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature, to remember and pay tribute to fire fighters who serve British Columbians with courage and dedication and have lost their lives in the line of duty.
“Sadly, due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, such a gathering is not possible this year. However, it is still important to take the time to recognize this solemn occasion and show our appreciation to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line and work tirelessly to protect people and property throughout our province.
“In addition to the critical role that fire fighters play on a daily basis in communities across our province, they have also played an essential role on the frontlines in the fight against the pandemic. We are grateful for those efforts.
“Today we share the grief and sadness experienced by families and colleagues at the loss of a loved one, and we remember their service, their sacrifice, and the legacy they leave behind.
“Please accept our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for those who work every day to keep us safe in our communities. We stand with you today, in an act of remembrance and we honour each fire fighter who paid the ultimate price.”