Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

Brookside Cemetary

Winnipeg Theatre Fire

 

Fire Fighter "Heroes" - Who died in the 'Lines of Service'

Name

Date Deceased

Age

Yrs of Service

Notes

Charles Dawson Jan 21, 1896      
John H. Stewart Jan 16, 1908 29 yrs, 3 mo 4 yrs Suffered frost bite at a fire in December, 1907
Edward Molyneux Mar 09, 1912 24 yrs, 3 mo 1 yr, 1 mo  
Charles McPherson Mar 09, 1912 29 yrs, 1 mo 3 yrs, 7 mo  
Thomas W. Starmer Jan 31, 1913 53 yrs 27 yrs, 3 mo  
Harry Adams June 19, 1914 57 yrs, 1 mo 21 yrs, 9 mo  
Anthony Gallager Aug 14, 1914 25 yrs, 8 mo 1 yr, 9 mo  
Frank W. Lunny Feb 26, 1915 31 yrs, 11 mo 4 yrs, 2 mo  
Peter McRae June 09, 1915 25 yrs, 8 mo 5 yrs, 5 mo Fell sliding down pole at 56 Maple St.
William McIllhagga Feb 02, 1921 36 yrs, 6 mo 5 yrs, 6 mo Dingwall Block- 62 Albert St.
Donald Melville Dec 23, 1926 41 yrs, 6 mo 14 yrs, 5 mo Building collapse at Winnipeg Theatre
Arthur Smith Dec 23, 1926 38 yrs 14 yrs, 4 mo Building collapse at Winnipeg Theatre
Robert Stewart Dec 23, 1926 37 yrs, 11 mo 7 yrs, 6 mo Building collapse at Winnipeg Theatre
Robert S. Shearer Dec 23, 1926 33 yrs, 8 mo 7 yrs, 2 mo Building collapse at Winnipeg Theatre
Fredrick Dolding Aug 12, 1929     Going to alarm MVA - St James
Alexander Morrison Aug 12, 1929     Going to alarm MVA - St James
James T. Murray Mar 31, 1940 50 yrs,9 mo 20 yrs, 9 mo  
Frank Sandison Mar 24, 1945 47 yrs, 8 mo 25 yrs, 10 mo Robinson & Weber. #198 from #1 Stn.
Crushed in debris when building collapsed.
James M. Smith Mar 24, 1945 35 yrs, 8 mo 2 yrs, 5 mo Robinson Weber - from #15 Stn.
Struck & killed by falling timber.
Frank Christie Feb 18, 1952 35 yrs, 3 mo 10 yrs, 2 mo  
Kenneth E. Ross Oct 07, 1954 28 yrs, 9 mo 1 yr, 3 mo Collapsed at the wheel of fire truck at scene of fire. Corydon & Beaverbrook
Andrew Hebenton Jan 22, 1955 64 yrs, 6 mo 42 yrs, 7 mo Heart attack at Minto Armouries fire.
Robert B. D. Beatson Nov 28, 1955 63 yrs, 4 mo 41 yrs, 8 mo Overcome by smoke & collapsed at Union Building
Main & James
Elford A. Knox Jan 25, 1956 54 yrs, 4 mo 30 yrs, 7 mo Taken sick and died in hospital.
John E. McEwan May 24, 1956 61 yrs 29 yrs, 4 mo #356 Collapsed at scene of fire.
Pronounced dead at Misericordia Hospital.
John Pitolay Feb 12, 1973 60 yrs, 6 mo 29 yrs, 8 mo  
Alvin N. French Mar 12, 1973 49 yrs, 8 mo 24 yrs, 9 mo  
J. A. Leo Dusablon June 04, 1976 50 yrs, 8 mo 26 yrs, 11 mo Sufferd a heat attack while Fighting the fire.
Pronounced dead at HSC-General at 02:30.
Robert J. Hughes Sept 13, 1979 57 yrs, 1 mo 30 yrs, 4 mo Collapsed at scene of fire on Moray.
M. Guy Lovel Apr 16, 1986 50 yrs, 9 mo 15 yrs, 5 mo  Heart attack
Lawrence Quinn June 14, 1990 42 yrs, 3 mo 17 yrs, 2 mo Fell from pump going to alarm.
Rick Stoyko Feb. 22, 2003 50 yrs, 11 mo 29 yrs Brain cancer
Ken Davidson July 25, 2004 51 yrs 27 yrs, 2 mo Cancer
Bruce Kitching May 29, 2005 48 yrs 14 yrs Heart attack
Thomas Nichols Feb. 04, 2007 57 yrs 32 yrs Flashover - 15 Gabrielle Roy Place
Harold Lessard Feb. 04, 2007 55 yrs 31 yrs Flashover - 15 Gabrielle Roy Place

 

The Firefighter's Prayer

Turnout Gear

When I'm called to duty god
wherever flames may rage
give me strength to save a life
whatever be its age

Help me to embrace a little child
before it is too late
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert
to hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out

I want to fill my calling and
to give the best in me
to guard my neighbor and
protect his property

And if according to your will
I have to lose my life
bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife

- unknown author -

 

911 Ribbon

A tribute to the New York Firefighters

Poem by Chief Jim McGregor - Artwork by Ron Schmitz

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