The Firefighter

The Firefighter
Successive images of The Firefighter who points to the names of the fallen. These photographs were taken between September 2012 and August 2013.

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Ottawa Firefighters 14th Annual Memorial Service, September 11, 2015

We had a very nice day for the Ottawa Firefighters Memorial Service. I found it just a tad warmer than I would have liked but not outside my comfort zone. This year I took many more pictures of the ceremony than I did last year.

I took this picture and several that follow it early on before
the ceremony started They set the scene for the day's activity.

The ceremony takes place at the site of the Ottawa Fire Fighters
Memorial on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall on Laurier near Elgin.

I think I took this picture a few times.

This was taken from an island in the midst of Elgin Street outside City Hall
looking south. When this was taken the procession that staged at the Police
Department had already started. First you will see police on motorcycles and
then the procession will appear.

You can see the beginning of the procession just beyond the intersection.

My first impulse was to wait for this photographer to get out of the picture.
Almost immediately I changed my mind. People taking pictures are part of this
ceremony so rather than avoid them I have included them.

The design of the tartan worn by the Ottawa Fire Service Pipes and Drums
came from within the band and has been registered as their official tartan.

The two Clydesdale horses pulling the steam pumper were part of the world
record 50 horse hitch. There is a metal plate on their noes band that says
this and their collar proudly displays the number '50.'

With the procession complete the main part of the ceremony starts.

Trumpet player and piper prepare for The Last Post and moment of silence.

The ceremony concludes with a march past.

Women now play an important part of the Ottawa Fire Service.

These firefighters were detailed with cleaning up the chairs after the ceremony.
When I pointed my camera at them they moved to get out of the picture. I said,
"Hey, men at work." They let me take their picture.

These last few pictures show participants getting together and
touching base with each other after the ceremony's conclusion.