Firefighters and others who protect us, rescue us, and offer aid in times of crisis are heroes to me. While walking in Toronto a few years ago, I came across the Ontario Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Queen’s Park.
It depicts a firefighter bringing a child to safety. I really liked the movement of the sculpture — you can almost see him in action. There are also granite walls near the sculpture with the names of 531 Ontario firefighters who died in the line of duty or from an occupational disease. Two months after I was there, someone defaced the granite walls with graffiti. After a very expensive renovation that required replacing three quarters of the slabs, the new memorial was unveiled in October 2009.