Queensland firefighters have remembered their fallen colleagues at services across the State.
Fifty one firefighters have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.
Reece D’Alessandro reports.
At the tenth hour on the tenth day of the tenth month, a sombre minute of silence as firefighters paid their respects.
A fireman’s bell summoned the spirit and memory of the fallen.
Insp. Ted Ireland, Qld Fire Service: “James Thomas Mooney, Joseph Thomson.”
Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the day of commemoration is the most important day on the QFS calendar.
Katarina Carroll, Qld Fire Service Commissioner: “And it means so much to firefighters. You know their job really is to protect Queenslanders, to protect life and property and therefore I think for everyone, it is that day where we actually just stop and remember those that have gone before us.”
Both operational and retired firefighters were part of today’s proceedings.
Station Officer Peter Mattsson, Qld Fire Service: “And if according to my fate I am to lose my life, please bless with your protecting hand, my children and my wife.
After, firies laid wreaths at a special place.
In 1877 James Thomas Mooney was killed in a Queen Street grocery shop inferno after a keg of rum exploded, saturating him.
Today, his memorial stands tribute to those who continue to lay down their lives to save others.
Reece D’Alessandro, QUT News.