In memory of my Fire Chief Garry Morden, who passed away today (Oct 22). Garry was not much older than I, and was a wonderful man. I had the great privilege of serving under him when he was Deputy Chief and Chief, and never had anything but great respect for him. He took my friend Shelli and I out to dinner when we were in Ottawa for the first Canadian Fallen Firefighters memorial service several years ago, and had us in stitches telling us tales of his youth, and some of the stuff he got up to as a young firefighter. He was respected by the rank and file and senior staff alike, as an honest and fair Chief...he'd walked the walk, and that made all the difference in the world when having to deal with his staff.
Garry developed Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma several years back, and seemed to have beaten it. Unfortunately, the cancer came back and he fought the good fight, right to the end.
You can stand down now Chief, your shift is covered. You are now a beloved member of the biggest fire department the heavens have ever seen! Rest easy in the Lord's arms.
We will all miss you...