Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour has issued the following statement on the observance of the 2017 Fallen Firefighters' Memorial:
“Firefighters work tirelessly throughout the province to save lives and protect property for all British Columbians.
“The job they perform is difficult and dangerous, yet vitally important. Their skills, dedication and courage are touchstones of a profession that deserves our highest commendation.
“That is why I was honoured to stand with provincial firefighters and their families today at the Fallen Firefighters' Memorial to remember all who gave their lives to protect others.
“We paid tribute to 14 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Their sacrifice is an unimaginable loss for their families, friends and colleagues.
“On behalf of the Province, we honour the sacrifices of the fallen, and we thank the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association, and all firefighters in British Columbia who continue to serve, for the work they do to keep our communities safe.”