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Emergency Services Memorial Day 2019 Amherst honours its First Responders

Past and present firefighters, police officers and paramedics who serve the Amherst area were honoured during the 16th annual Emergency Services Memorial Parade and Church Service that was held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

The firefighters marched from the Amherst firehall to the First Baptist Church for the service. They were joined in the march by members of Amherst town council and cadets from 258 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Amherst, 154 Amherst Anson Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and 272 Nova Scotia Highlanders Army Cadet Corps.
The service was led by the Rev. Dr. Dan Green. Several prayers were offered in memory of first responders who died while on duty and for those who have served and are serving.
Fire Chief Greg Jones and Capt. John Matthews read lessons from the Bible, while firefighter Eric Graham played Amazing Grace.
Chief Jones, in a homily, urged first responders to ensure they take care of their own mental health and to remember they are not alone. He also thanked the families of first responders for the support they give to those who serve. His homily was listened to attentively. Following it several hymns were sung.
Following the church service, the firefighters, councillors and cadets marched back to the firehall.
Once back at the station, several wreaths were laid and a bell was rung in remembrance of the first responders who died in the line of duty.
The service ended with Deputy-Fire Chief Brian Farrow, Amherst Firefighter Association President Chuck Delorme and Fire Chief Greg Jones giving a final salute.

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Tom McCoag / Town of Amherst