The Abbotsford Fire Fighters Association, in partnership with the City of Abbotsford’s parks, recreation and culture department, celebrated the official opening on Sunday of a new playground at Exhibition Park.
The Fire Fighter Memorial Playground honours first responders for their work and remembers those who have died.
Visitors to the playground are greeted with a sign that reads “A Fireman’s Prayer.” The prayer was published in 1958 and was written by retired firefighter A.W. “Smokey” Linn.
Last year marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) Capt. Dean Larivee and the one-year anniversary of AFRS Lieut. Martin Sunderland, who both succumbed to cancer-related illnesses.
Their regimental numbers, Q45 and Q89, can be found on the sides of the fire truck at the playground.