CFA remembers fallen heroes

Member News image


Hundreds gathered today for the Annual Firefighter Memorial to honour the memory of the 82 CFA firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.


Today’s service, held at the Victorian Emergency Services Memorial in Treasury Gardens, was an opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to reflect and remember.

Donald Fire Brigade firefighter Greg Godkin and Portland Fire Brigade firefighter Garry Mallen tragically died in the last year.  

Portland captain Ryan Delony did a reading and laid a wreath in honour of Garry.

“Garry showed every single value and attribute of a firefighter. He was a firefighter's firefighter that we had the privilege to know and work alongside,” Ryan said. 

“He deeply cared about his family, his community and his brigade and for that he will be dearly missed.”

Donald captain Dale Anderson said Greg lived for the fire brigade and was the first to arrive at every job.

"One thing we really miss about him now is having a bloke that turns out at every incident. He was very committed to CFA," Dale said.

CFA Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook AFSM said today was a day to remember the tragic loss of firefighters but also a day to thank our firefighters who continue to serve.

“Sadly, in the past year we lost two members in the line of duty, Greg Godkin and Garry Mallen. Our thoughts continue to be with the families, friends and colleagues of these two firefighters,” Garry said.

“I encourage all Victorians to take a moment to reflect on those who are no longer with us and recognise the incredible commitment and contribution our members make every day to protect others.”

Each year close to International Firefighters’ Day (May 4), CFA hosts its firefighter memorial service to pay respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities.

CFA members established International Firefighters’ Day in 1999 following the tragic death of five CFA firefighters in Linton the previous year.

Recognised worldwide, the date of International Firefighters’ Day coincides with St Florian’s Day in recognition of St Florian, the patron saint of firefighters.                                                   


  • Member News image
  • Member News image
  • Member News image
  • Member News image
Submitted by CFA media