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March 9, 2015

JIBC honours fallen firefighters

JIBC flags at half-mast to honour Columbia Valley volunteer firefighter Brian Smyth and more than a dozen others fallen in the line of duty in 2014-2015

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is flying flags at half-mast at all its campuses to honour the dedication and sacrifice of Columbia Valley volunteer firefighter Brian Smyth.

A seven-year member of the Columbia Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Smyth passed away over the weekend after suffering a heart attack while responding to a house fire near Cultus Lake. A full funeral recognizing his line-of-duty death is being arranging that recognizes his dedication and ultimate sacrifice in the service of his community.

The lowering of JIBC’s flags also honours the sacrifice of more than a dozen other firefighters in B.C. who died in the line of duty over the past 15 months. Their sacrifice is being remembered today at a special memorial service at the BC Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, organized by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association.

“Along with everyone in the firefighting community, we send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Brian Smyth, and all firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty,” said JIBC President and CEO Michel Tarko. “Their noble commitment to public service and their ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities will never be forgotten.”

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Last updated March 26, 2015