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MFB honours fallen firefighters on International Firefighters Day

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04 May 2015
MFB pauses to remember firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

MFB has a proud 124 year history in Melbourne, and everything we have learned along the way makes us one of the safest fire and emergency services in the country.

But that knowledge has come at a cost and the greatest example of that are the 27 firefighters who have died protecting the Melbourne community.

Today, in honour of International Firefighters Day, firefighters at all Melbourne fire stations will pause for one minute’s silence at midday. A remembrance ceremony will also be held at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at MFB’s Burnley Complex.

"We recognise and honour the sacrifices that current and past firefighters have made to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible," MFB CEO Jim Higgins said.

The names of the fallen MFB firefighters are:

  Date of death
Deputy Chief Officer Archibald McDowall  03/11/1894
District Superintendent Christopher Gee 09/07/1895
Firefighter Harry Harrison 30/01/1903
Partially Paid Firefighter Frederick Rose 25/02/1923
Firefighter Friend Holness 20/07/1925
Firefighter Alfred Miller 15/03/1926
Firefighter William Plunkett 31/03/1926
Firefighter James Hossack 22/01/1927
Station Officer William McCurdy 12/05/1935
Third Officer Gordon Lindsey 10/11/1936
Firefighter Angelo Negri 21/05/1940
Third Officer Frederick Cooke 26/10/1940
Firefighter George Wright 26/10/1940
Paid Firefighter Jay Wilkins 26/01/1941
Firefighter Herbert Foster 31/08/1942
District Officer William Smith 01/05/1945
Sub Station Officer Fulton Hodgson 18/01/1952
Sub Station Officer Maurice Fitzmaurice 07/03/1956
District Officer John Anderson 25/05/1958
Station Officer Thomas Shields 24/11/1959
District Officer Herbert Green 20/08/1963
Sub Station Officer George Thompson 13/08/1966
Sub Station Officer Gordon Bruce Adams 23/03/1968
Senior Firefighter Eric Jamieson 03/03/1968
Senior Firefighter Kevin Kennedy 02/09/1972
Firefighter David Griffiths 11/12/1974
Station Officer Thomas Evans 30/11/1976


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