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CFA Annual Memorial Day
CFA will honour those members who have lost their lives in the line of duty at our Annual Memorial Service, being held on Sunday May 5th 2013.
The service will commence at 2.00pm in St John’s Anglican Church, Upper Beaconsfield.
*Article by Darren Grevis-James.
The Annual Memorial Service is an event to honour and commemorate the lives of CFA firefighters who have not returned home from the fireground. It is a time for reflection and just one of the ways that we can remember the lives of 67 members who have given their lives in service to protecting our communities.
With heavy hearts, we acknowledge more losses during the 2013 fire season. CFA’s Peter Harry, 2nd Lieutenant, Gisborne Fire Brigade died whilst on duty at a house fire.
DSE firefighter, Peter Cramer died while deployed to the fires in Tasmania. Peter had over 22 years with CFA as a volunteer at Gembrook, Swifts Creek and Tyers brigades.
Two DSE firefighters, Steven Kadar and Katie Peters also lost their lives while working on the Harrietville fires.
CFA’s Manager Volunteerism, Kate Harrap said “The Annual Memorial Service is an opportunity to acknowledge those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Through loss, hardship and experience, we have learnt from all those who have come before. We honour the commitment, dedication and hard work from all who protect Victorian communities – and reflect on their legacy that lives on in CFA.”
The CFA Annual Memorial service is held on the Sunday closest to International Firefighters’ Day and St Florien’s Day (May 4th). St Florien is the Patron Saint of Firefighters.