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MFB unveils tribute to Central District firefighters

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25 Mar 2017
Thirteen MFB firefighters have been honoured on a new memorial board at the Eastern Hill Fire Station.

The Central District Memorial Board honours firefighters who have passed away while employed by MFB but not in the line of duty. It was unveiled at MFB's Eastern Hill Fire Station on Saturday 25 March.

The firefighters on the wall gave 214 years’ service among them, including former Chief Fire Officer William Aldridge who worked at MFB for 45 years.

Acting Chief Officer Paul Stacchino said the board acknowledged the contribution all 13 firefighters made.

“The Memorial Board project was developed to ensure a fitting memorial to provide recognition of the dedication these firefighters provided the MFB and the community,” he said.

“We hope all the relatives of these 13 men continue to feel part of the MFB family.  Their loved one made a difference – to their shift mates and to the communities they served.”

The memorial board is the third in a project, led by Leading Firefighter Glenn Marks and driven by firefighters, being rolled out across the MFB.

The first board was unveiled in 2013 in Western District at Sunshine Fire Station and last year MFB unveiled the Northern District board at Thomastown Fire station. Work is underway to establish similar boards in all MFB districts.

The Central District Memorial Board honours the following fallen MFB firefighters:

  • Chief Fire Officer William Aldridge
  • Senior Fireman Norman Victor Parsons
  • Station Officer John Beckwith
  • Station Officer Ivan Nunn
  • Superintendent William Perry
  • Firefighter Lawrence Murphy
  • Firefighter Richard Toft
  • Station Officer Gary Williams
  • Senior Station Officer Ross Leeder
  • Firefighter Matthew Leonard
  • Station Officer Robert Kelly
  • Firefighter Bart Williams
  • Station Officer Adrian Newton

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