LETHBRIDGE: Local fire fighters, police and paramedics gathered in front of city hall Wednesday morning, to honour the fire-fighters and emergency personnel lost over the last year.
Throughout North America 169 died, either in the line of duty or from the long term effects of the profession.
Local International Association of Fire Fighters President Rob Chollak goes over the greatest threat that they face, "A lot of them died from the hidden dangers that a lot of people are not aware of that we see on a daily basis, especially all the exposure to toxins with all the synthetic materials that we're exposed to. It's not all of the severe accidents of falling through a roof, but the hidden dangers of cancers that we experience far too often."
During the ceremony they also paid special recognition to one of their own, 62-year old Captain Jon Enander, who was lost April 28th to cancer. Chollak talks about how they plan to further honour their fallen comrade, "Our International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents just over 300,000 members, we have a memorial down in Colorado Springs every year. This year one of our captains, brother Jon Enander, his name will be engraved on the Wall of Honour there, and a lot of our members are going down there and will be accompanying the family to honour Jon Enander."
Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services started holding the ceremony annually in 2006, setting it on September 11th to also remember and honour all those killed in the terrorist attacks in the United States.