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May 20th 2014
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Montreal Gazette Obituary : PERRIN, Darrel F.C. May 21.2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darrel F.C. Perrin at the age of 67, at home in Montreal on May 19, 2014. He will be missed and loved forever and always by loving wife Margaret; children Sean and Shannon; and grandchildren Hayden, Niomi, Hartlyn and Kyle. Brothers Barry, Grant, Glen and Dean; sisters Marilyn, Darlene and Leanne; 25 nieces and nephews; 12 great- nieces and nephews; and countless cousins and friends. Visitation on Thursday, May 22 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, May 23 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275 Des Sources, D.D.O. 514 685-3344. A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Family will receive condolences an hour prior to the Service. You may leave your tribute at In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Spent five years with Darrel in the Roxboro Volunteer Fire Brigade, and have fond memories of our time together. We visited Nashville, Memphis and Montgomery in March of 1977 and presented Hank Snow with a RVFB Crest, in recognition of his work for abused children.

My sympathies go out to his wife and family, and I will remember Darrel in my prayers.

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January 16th 2014
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R.I.P. Don Ouellette

Just wanted to let you guy”s know that Don Ouellette died yesterday
at the age of 79. I will let you know the details later.

Carole Belisle ( Gilles Belisle)
Administrative Assistant to
Larry Onions
Investors Group
6500 Trans-Canada Hwy
Pointe-Claire, Qc H9R 0A5


Jan 18, 2014

Information for Don Ouellette: Visits will be:
Sunday Jan 26/14 from 12:00 to 4:30 p. m .

Eulogy will be held at: 4:30
Yves Legare (D\'Allaire)
14370 Pfds Blvd
Pfds, QC




February 3rd 2013
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Great seeing history of Roxboro Volunteer Fire department.



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Date: August 1st, 2015

Am Looking for information on Firefighter Doug Robertson who passed away in 2011.



Date: May 23rd, 2016


Date: September 11, 2016

Name: Glenn Davis

Comments: Hi Tom its been a long time. I love what you have done to keep the memory alive of a great fire department, which was sadly disbanded.Keep up the great work. Yours Truly Glenn badge # 25


Date: 25 January, 2017

Name: Jeffrey Davis

Comments: Wow great to see pictures of my dad (Glenn Davis) back in the day! Amazing!



December 21st 2012
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Date: April 21, 2018

Pierrefonds-Roxboro offers flood preparedness guide
By Kevin Woodhouse
The Suburban

In the coming days, Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Dimitrios Jim Beis and his council will be going door to door, visiting residents who live near the water and delivering them a bilingual information reference guide entitled In Case of a Flood: Be Prepared!

Beis introduced the new guide at a press conference last Thursday at the borough hall accompanied by members of council, public works as well as representatives from local fire, Red Cross and police departments.

“Last year’s flood left traces on all of us,” Beis told the assembled. “We learned from the tragic flood and we want to move beyond it so we chose to be proactive.”

The reference guide will be distributed to at least 2,500 homeowners, “those living in the most vulnerable areas,” Beis said before announcing to his council that they would be hand delivering the guides themselves.

The guide contains several sections including a comprehensive reference of useful websites and pertinent phone numbers, what to do in case of a flood, clean up protocols as well as the need for citizens to have a 72 hour emergency kit.

The mayor recommends that residents “read and keep the guide handy as they can take responsibility if, God forbid, we are confronted by another criss again.”

When asked by local media about the borough’s criticism from some residents as being negligent in their flood response, Beis told the assembled that he understood that some residents “are not at all happy but this is normal as this crisis affected many peoples’ lives but we have taken steps since the flood like rebuilding affected dykes as well as many burlap industrial sized sandbags, like the army used, on standby.”

Beis also noted that water levels are “currently 1.5 metre lower than this time last year.

“We have enacted measures and published the guide for reference in the event of another flood but we hope that we never have to use it,” Beis said.


Date: February 1st, 2017

Kitchen fire in Pierrefonds-Roxboro leaves family stranded
By Navneet Pall

A kitchen fire in Pierrefonds-Roxboro has forced a family of four from their home.

The fire began at around 8 p.m. Tuesday on Bedford Street.

When firefighters arrived a 75-year-old woman was trapped on the second floor and two kids were in the basement.

The children escaped but the woman was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

She is expected to make a full recovery.

Firefighters estimate damages to the kitchen range up to $75,000



March 24, 2016

Three-alarm fire in Roxboro

Firefighters deal with a fire in Roxboro on March 24, 2016 (CTV Montreal/Cosmo Santamaria)

One person was hurt when a townhouse caught fire in Roxboro.

The fire began around 2:30 a.m. in the basement of a townhouse on Jean Brillant St.

Everyone inside the building managed to get out, however one man inhaled a lot of smoke and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Fire Chief Luc Robillard said the flames spread to the upper floors and the roof very quickly. The attached townhouse was also badly damaged.

About 80 firefighters needed three hours to get the fire under control and to extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire is not known.



August 31st 2012
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Date: Jul 20, 2012

Montreal firefighter laid to rest

A few thousand firefighters gathered Friday to pay tribute to a Montreal colleague who died after being struck by a fire truck at the scene of a blaze.

The private civic funeral service for Thierry Godfrind was held at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal as family, friends and firefighters from across the continent paid their last respects.
A fellow firefighter stands by a truck decorated with Godfrind\'s portrait. (CBC)

Godfrind, 39, died last Friday after being hit by the same vehicle that brought him to a fire in a north-end neighbourhood.

He was among firefighters from three stations that responded to a call on Dutrisac Street because of a pot on a stove. According to Montreal Fire Chief Serge Tremblay, Godfrind stepped off the truck and was struck by the vehicle.

An estimated 2,000 Montreal firefighters marched along with colleagues from other cities including Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and some U.S. cities.

They were joined by other emergency service personnel such as police officers and ambulance technicians.

Godfrind, who came to firefighting later in life, was hired by the City of Montreal in 2010.

Friends and colleagues said Godfrind showed tremendous commitment to the profession he loved, switching from his business background in his late 30s to become a fireman.

Many of his colleagues at the fire hall have not returned to work since the tragic event.

\"For a funeral like this, we try to give the family and his colleagues a bit of hope,\" Father Raymond Gravel said before the ceremony.

\"Firefighters are a tight group and some are shocked and overcome by what has happened so my hope is that the funeral gives them a little bit of hope.\"

Godfrind was the first Montreal firefighter to die in action since 2006.



Date: August 31, 2012

Montreal honours the memory of 37 people killed in 1972 club fire

MONTREAL - Montreal will today honour the memory of the 37 people who perished in one of the city’s worst fires — the Blue Bird Club fire 40 years ago tomorrow.

On Sept. 1, 1972, the Wagon Wheel, a club located just above the Blue Bird, was filled with about 200 people on a Friday night.

Three drunk men, upset at being denied entry by a bouncer, set fire to a staircase that served as the main entry to the Wagon Wheel. Many victims unable to escape died of smoke inhalation.

A memorial mass will be held at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral this morning.

Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay will then help unveil a commemorative stone in Phillips Square, near the scene of the tragedy, on which 37 names are inscribed.

Other activities will take place Saturday, the 40th anniversary of the fire.

Most of the 37 victims were in their teens and early 20s and another 56 people were injured.

Three men were convicted. James O\'Brien and Jean-Marc Boutin were found guilty of second-degree murder, and Gilles Eccles was convicted of manslaughter.

The fire was the worst in Montreal since the Laurier Palace theatre fire in 1927 in which 78 children died while watching a silent comedy film.

A plaque marks the spot of that fire but the Blue Bird site was razed and there\'s now a parking lot with nothing official to mark the scene of the tragedy.


Click HERE for photo of the candle vigil on Sept. 1, 2011 at the former site of the fire disaster at the Blue Bird Cafe in Montreal


August 14th 2012
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West Island Chronicle

Man dies in Pierrefonds- Roxboro fire
Published on August 14, 2012
Benoît Philie

An 82-year-old man died in a three-alarm fire that broke out in a two-storey residential building on 3rd Ave. in Pierrefonds-Roxboro on Tuesday.

The fire started around 12:30 p.m. in the kitchen of a home where four people lived. According to the neighbours, a loud blast was heard.

By the time the firefighters arrived, the fire had already spread throughout the six-plex apartment building.

\"We proceeded with the evacuation of the building,\" explained Michel Girard, of the Montreal Fire Department, \"and found an 82-year-old man unconscious in the bathroom.

\"We tried to revive him, but were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at Sacré Coeur Hospital.\"

\"We tried to revive him, but were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at Sacré Coeur Hospital,\" Girard concluded. -

The man\'s wife and daughter were taken to the hospital to be treated for shock.

Sixty firefighters were called to the building and managed to get the fire under control around 2:15 p.m.

The fire department was not able to confirm whether the apartment was equipped with a working fire alarm.



February 20th 2012
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Burning desire to help out motivates volunteers

GOOD WORK: Mike Finucane says volunteers give so much to the community, they deserve recognition.

Running into a burning building to save lives can be all in a day\'s work for some firefighters but they don\'t do it for the glory.

Instead, what motivates them is their desire to help the community.

While they may not ask for recognition, Dannevirke\'s chief fire officer, Mike Finucane, said it was good to be able to give the volunteers something to reward them for the work they did.

Last week, Dannevirke Volunteer Fire Brigade members were rewarded for their efforts and presented with badges or bars to recognise their contribution to society as well as acknowledging the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Volunteer.

\"Some of the brigade who have already received a medal, were presented with a bar and, for the newer members of the brigade, we presented them with the medal to wear on their undress uniform.

\"The members do a fantastic job and is great to be able to recognise their huge contribution to the community,\" Mr Finucane said.

There was more to being a firefighter than most people realised and this was mostly done on their own time. \"The training is a lot more intense than it used to be and there is more accountability,\" Mr Finucane said.

\"Each firefighter has to achieve a level of training so they can continue to respond to incidents in the community.\"

Being a volunteer firefighter was huge commitment as brigade members were on-call 24 hours a day seven days a week.

\"When you consider this is an unpaid job, it is a big commitment on not only their part but their families and employers as well.\"

The contribution employers make to the community is also recognised through the Employer Recognition Programme.

Dannevirke was one of several stations to trial the programme nationally, which Mr Finucane said had been quite successful.

\"It is an opportunity for the fire service to acknowledge the employers.

\"The members of the brigade are all volunteers and hold down day jobs and, when the siren goes, it is the employers who allow them to drop everything and leave so they can respond,\" he said.

\"Without their support, we wouldn\'t be able to continue to provide a good level of service to the community so their contribution is extremely valuable.\"

A number of certificates were presented to employers at last week\'s ceremony. They were also given copies of the Fire Service logo which they can use on signs outside their business or on advertising material.

\"It does cost businesses when a firefighter takes off out the door but, at the same time, having a volunteer on their staff gives them access to an employee who has additional training in first aid, leadership and operating machinery so there is some pluses for them.\"

Hawke\'s Bay Area assistant manager Nigel Hall said employers who helped and encouraged their staff in their volunteer work were helping to build a strong community.

\"From our perspective, it is a wonderful thing and it sends a strong message to the community of their support,\" he said.

\"We recently had a huge fire at Hawke\'s Bay Packaging and brigades from as faraway as Woodville responded.

\"Everyone worked throughout the night but the firefighters still had to go to work the next day even though they were probably exhausted but we couldn\'t do our jobs without the support of employers.\"

Volunteer bars presented to:

Trevor Brieske, Craig Brown, Andrew Donaldson, Peter Fieraband, Mike Finucane, Rowan Huxford, Neville Jacobsen, Blair King, Peter Sinclair, Scott Walker and James Kendrick.

Volunteer Medals were presented to Hamish Adie, Mathew Donaldson, Jake Fletcher, Mike Franssen, Mike Green, Keith Harris, Justin Howell, George Jensen, Tracey Nikora, Daniel Sinclair, Nisan Stephens, Ashley Stuart, Brook Tohiariki, Nigel Willers and Alfred Witana.



September 17th 2011
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Government of Canada Highlights New Tax Credit for Volunteer Firefighters


The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by the Honorable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, attended the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) this weekend to promote a new tax credit for volunteer firefighters, a non-refundable tax credit passed in the 2011 federal budget.

Minister Shea also had the opportunity during the meeting to present the CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award, a national award presented once a year to a deserving volunteer firefighter in Canada. "Every day in Canada, almost 85,000 brave men and women are ready to put their own lives at risk to protect the lives and property of their friends, neighbours, and even perfect strangers. I congratulate Terry Diabo for this prestigious award, and I am proud that our Government has introduced the Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit in support of these efforts," said Minister Shea.

"I would like to congratulate Terry Diabo on receiving this important award," said Minister Duncan. "He has worked tirelessly and has volunteered with the Kahnawake Volunteer Fire Brigade and other local fire departments. Our government commends him for his strong dedication to serving the public and his support of strong and safe communities."

The non-refundable tax credit is available to any volunteer firefighter who serves at least 200 hours per year at one or more fire departments beginning on January 1, 2011. Services that make up those 200 hours include responding to and being on call for firefighting and other emergencies, attending meetings at the fire department, and taking courses in preventing and putting out fires. When an eligible firefighter claims the credit, they can reduce income taxes they have paid or will owe at tax time by as much as $450.

"This credit is one of several measures announced in Budget 2011 that will help Canadians and their families to keep hard-earned dollars in their pockets. I encourage all volunteer firefighters to learn more about the credit and to claim it when they file their 2011 income tax and benefit returns," added Minister Shea.

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National Revenue Minister Gail Shea today attended the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association to promote the new volunteer firefighter's tax credit. When an eligible volunteer firefighter claims the credit on their tax return, they can reduce their tax bill by as much as $450.

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August 1st 2011
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Award for \'pioneer and innovator\'

Retired chief of Kahnawake Volunteer Fire Brigade honoured for 40 years of service


Terry Diabo of Kahnawake is the recipient of the 2011 Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Lifetime Achievement Award. The award presentation will be in Ottawa on Sept. 10, during the association\'s annual conference.

Diabo retired last September as chief after 40 years of service with the Kahnawake Volunteer Fire Brigade and other fire departments surrounding his hometown jurisdiction, although he remains a volunteer with the brigade. He has also contributed significantly to other organizations throughout the Mohawk reserve.

During his fire service career, Diabo was elected first president of the Canadian Aboriginal Firefighters Association, a position in which he served for 10 years.

The Kahnawake Fire Brigade protects the lives and property of the Mohawk Territory, which has a population of more than 8,000, including communities surrounding the territory. It operates from a native philosophy founded on \"a responsibility and desire to help, respect for every person, concern for community and an appreciation of Mohawk spiritual values.\"

Diabo, who is 62, received the Canadian Fire Chief of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs in 2007 for his efforts to improve the Kahnawake Fire Brigade, which he helped build from a basic operation with two trucks and a van into a well-equipped and trained community service.

He began his career in 1971 with the Kahnawake Fire Brigade, was appointed assistant fire chief in 1975 and was named fire chief in 1980. In 1993, he was appointed director of operations, a position he held until 2006, when he was named director of community protection.

During his time as fire chief, Diabo worked tirelessly to increase emergency service and promote fire prevention, safety issues, emergency planning and health training for the public.

His many strengths on the job included \"a sense of humour, genuine liking of people and a conviction that any problem, no matter how big or small, could be overcome,\" wrote retired Westmount fire chief William Timmons, who has known Diabo for more than 40 years, in nominating him. The selection committee included people from across Canada.

\"Terry could be firm and tough, but he also understood that compromise is an honourable institution and not a sign of weakness. He was the impetus and motivator behind many of the courses taught within the department, and was influential in re-organizing training programs for his officers and firefighters in the U.S.A.

\"If an organization had to choose an individual to arbitrate important differences which would require experience, sensitivity, vast knowledge and an unshakable integrity, you couldn\'t do better than Terry Diabo.\"

Before joining the fire brigade, Diabo worked with his father as an ironworker on the World Trade Centre in Manhattan as well as other structures. On weekends, he would return home and be on call as a volunteer firefighter. He was also a Kahnawake police officer during that time.

During his career, he served on many committees, including the Kahnawake Mohawk Health Commission, its Economic Development Committee, Justice Commission, Alcohol Beverage Control Board as well as the executive director\'s Committee for Kahnawake Territory.

And yet, all the titles \"fail to fully illustrate what, to me, made his career so successful in all areas he served: his profound passion for the fire and emergency service, his fascination with people and his instinctive vision of the future,\" Timmons wrote.

He called Diabo \"a pioneer and innovator who never would shy away from embracing a new concept or ideas that enhanced the efforts of firefighters in the performance of their job. He was a student as well, seeking out additional training, including courses offered in the U.S.A.

\" He was very proud to have ended his career knowing that his commitment to excellence helped make the Fire Brigade and the First Nation Territory one that is most effective and attentive to the Mohawk Council and the citizens\' needs.\"

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