David Adrien Joseph Richard
(1948 - 2003)
Dave was a patient, kind, soft-spoken, gentle man with a huge heart full of love and compassion. He was a loving husband, father and son. Dave was an exceptional man both at work and at home and was highly respected by all those he met and worked with.
Dave first served as a Volunteer in the Fort McMurray Fire Department and became a full time Firefighter in January 1977. He joined the Executive of the Firefighters Association Local 2494 in 1980 and served for 19 years, 10 of which he was President. During that time, he also served on the Executive of the Alberta Firefighters Association as President for 4 years. In 1984 he spent a year working in the Fire Prevention Branch but went back to the fire floor...his first love. He was promoted to Lieutenant March 1986, to Captain in May 2001, and to Platoon Captain October 2003. Dave started the Seniors Lifeline Program in Fort McMurray in 1986 and organized fund raising functions until his passing. He was awarded the "Fire Services Exemplary Medal" from the Canadian Federal Government in October of 2000 and the Alberta “Emergency Service Medal in October 2003.
(1944 - 2004)
Rick started his career with the then town of Fort McMurray on November 1, 1975. During his 29 years with the fire department he spent time in our training branch teaching our newest the tricks of the trade. But he returned to his first love being an active fire fighter in the operations branch. During his off time he could always be found hanging out at the local clubs playing the drums with any band that would let him. Believe it or not in his early years before he came to Fort McMurray we would often play with the great Canadian rock band The Guess Who as their back-up drummer. As one of our most experienced fire officers, he was always there to coach and mentor our new officer core. Before Rick’s death he achieved the rank of Platoon Captain. Rick you will always be in our hearts. Sleep well my brother.
(1969 - 2007)
Lee-Anne was a mother, a daughter, a sister and friend. Taken too early in life, Lee-Anne will be missed by her platoon and all who knew her or who’s life she was able to touch. As a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fort McMurray Fire Department, Lee-Anne was able to help many that needed her skills. The hearts of the brothers and sisters of IAFF Local 2494 Fort McMurray Fire Fighters Association go out to Lee-Anne’s family.
(1981 - 2005)
Mark was taken in the prime of his life. After completing his dream of being a fulltime firefighter, Mark was living every boys dream. As a member of the Fort McMurray Fire Department, Mark brought more than just his skills as an EMT-A and Fire Fighter, but also brought his skills to the ice when he played hockey with members of the fire department at noon hockey. Mark will be greatly missed by those members of his Platoon and all those that had the chance to get to know him. The hearts of the brothers and sisters of IAFF Local 2494 Fort McMurray Fire Fighters Association go out to Mark’s family.