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2017 Memorial Service
On Sunday 7 May CFA honoured members who lost their lives in the line of duty at the CFA Annual Memorial Service held in The Auditorium of the Federation University’s Churchill Campus near Morwell.
This year marked the 35th anniversary of the passing of firefighter Darren John McLean of Churchill-Jerrang Rural Fire Brigade on 14 February 1982.
CFA’s Acting Chief Officer, Alen Slijepcevic said the Annual Memorial Service is a time for reflection and just one of the ways we can remember the lives of 67 members who have given their lives in service to protecting our communities,” he said. “It’s also an opportunity to acknowledge those 67 CFA members and 11 Country Fire Brigades Board and Bush Fire Brigades Committee firefighters, (prior to the formation of the CFA), who made the ultimate sacrifice. Through loss, hardship and experience, we have learnt from all those who have come before.”
Approximately 300 CFA members, families of the deceased, friends and the community attended the event on a cold and rainy afternoon in Churchill.
Acting Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic said the annual memorial service in 2018 will be held on 6 May. “At this stage we have not yet confirmed a location and venue for the service. I ask that you diarise the date and hope that you can attend the service that honours our comrades that have lost their lives in service to protecting the Victorian community.”
CFA’s Executive Director Volunteers and Strategy, John Haynes, said the Annual Memorial Service is an important time for CFA to pause, reflect and pay tribute to those lives lost in the selfless sacrifice to the protection of Victorian communities.
“We pay our respects to the families, friends and loved ones of firefighters who have died in the line of duty,” he said. “We reflect on the commitment, dedication and hard work from all who protect Victorian communities – and acknowledge their legacy that lives on in CFA.”
The CFA Annual Memorial Service is held on the Sunday closest to International Firefighters’ Day and St Florian’s Day (4 May). St Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.
Banners representing CFA’s Memorial Wall are currently in the foyer at CFA headquarters in Burwood East, along with some of the wreaths which were placed during the service.
To view the 2017 Memorial Service, please click on the following link http://livestream.com/cfavic/events/7132665
To see the Honour Roll, please visit: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/roll-of-honour/