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Riaan van Zyl
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16 May 2018
4:05 pm

Fallen firefighters commemorated at Roodepoort ceremony

Riaan van Zyl

The ceremony is intended to raise awareness of how dangerous the job is.

The Metro Police Brass Band marches onto the parade ground. (Photos/ Riaan van Zyl)

On 16 May during a solemn ceremony, fallen firefighters, present and past, were commemorated at Florida Park Fire Station (Fire Station 20), Roodepoort Record reports.

Among the dignitaries in attendance were the Acting Executive Head of the City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services (Jems) Mhlengi Makhubalo, and the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety, councillor Michael Sun.

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Jems spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi pensively observes a minute of silence for the fallen firefighters.

The event kicked of with a minute of silence before a parade was held. When Sun and other dignitaries arrived, the national anthem was sung and the flags hoisted. This was followed by a short moment of reflection by Chief Chaplin Ngwenya.

The rest of the programme included a candle lighting ceremony, a poetry reading, the ringing of the Fireman’s Bell and the keynote address, which was delivered by councillor Sun.

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