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mrchristian

2/8/2010 11:03:04 PM
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Brandon's Firefighter Down Gets Honoured

Back in 2006 or so I think there was a post and discussion regarding Frederick J Brown, believed to be the only Brandon Firefighter killed at a fire. Here is that link http://www.ebrandon.ca/messagethread.aspx?message_id=156798&cat_id=57&startnum=0  
 
Here's an update...I notice that as of 2010 he is on the list ! Thanks to whoever got the paperwork in ! http://www.cfff.ca/en/fallen/alpha.php  
 
He's not on the 2009 programme so, I assume, that he will be part of the 2010 ceremony.  
 
I did a post on my blog about the fire, Brown's death and the recognition he will get. Too many photos and hyperlinks to be able to cleanly cut and paste it over here. If you want, you can check it out  
http://westenddumplings.blogspot.com/2010/02/brandons-firefighter-down-finally.html

 
 
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Handy

2/8/2010 11:12:27 PM
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So glad

to hear they finally got him listed! I'm sure his family will be happy!

jeb

2/9/2010 8:13:38 AM
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The Fallen

I have forwarded this on to a current brandon firefighter to make them aware of this. Hope that they will do him honor by getting him the recognition he deserves!

Test Pattern

2/10/2010 9:03:15 AM
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This is wonderful

Thanks to you folks who do these things out of your love of Brandon and it's history. I am the great grandson of Fred Brown alas I was born in '64 so I never met him. My mom remembers the day, she was about 9 years old.  
I guess we have been remiss in not doing something about this ourselves, truthfully us great grandchildren seldom think of him having not met him and his grandchildren, save my aunt, are old enough themselves to not be too good with the internet world to blog.  
Only one of grampa's children still lives in Brandon but 4 are still alive in their 70's and 80's.  
Another interesting historical note (to me) is that one of Fred's sons, still living in Etobicoke, ON was chief electronic design engineer on the Avro Arrow project...if anyone would like to follow that lead up for Brandon's history contact me and i can give more info. Being an aviation fan, I think is would slot into Brandon History even though it never took place here.  
The strongest emotional link I have to Fred happened when I was sixteen and and lived in Estevan, SK where Fred's son Bob lived. Uncle bob hired me to clean his garage and in a closet up high I came across a small box. I looked inside and saw a blackened shriveled leather wallet, opened it and the was Fred's drivers licence and other I.D., the clear acetate envelope shriveled from the heat of the fire. Below the wallet was a blackened cigarette case and inside some intact hand rolled cigs that he had probably rolled that morning before work. It was a chilling link to my heritage. These items were with him as Fred died of smoke inhalation due to a faulty air line on his equipment, quite young technology at that time, and was not consumed by the flames.  
Again thank you for your work out there on this unique historical side note on Brandon's history.

Test Pattern

2/10/2010 9:12:05 AM
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Further....

I guess I got ahead of myself not reading the first thread on this.... Please note that his grandaughter (my grandma)is alive and quite well living in BRANDON. Has lived there most of here life except for a brief few years in the late thirties and into the war.  
 
Having read the comments in the first thread I am a little overcome with emotion at the human compassion folks have. Fred was indeed a hero!

Test Pattern

2/10/2010 10:37:27 AM
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edit

Fred's Daughter, not granddaughter. His granddaughter, my mom, lives here in Carberry MB.

mrchristian

2/10/2010 4:56:13 PM
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Thanks

for this. Often when I do these sorts of essays and posts the one thing I usually have no clue about is if there is still family out there. It's nice to see that there is.  
 
If you follow the cfff link I notice that in 2009 presentations were made to a number of families for people added to the list. Perhaps there might be a family member interested in going or, just for future reference for them to have a contact link for someone. It looks like that national monument will be built in the next year or two.  
 
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Test Pattern

2/10/2010 6:08:56 PM
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Thank you

My mom emailed me today with this thread (sister in law found it)and we are discussing going to the ceremony. I'm sure my mom will go.  
 
Grandma is very happy to hear all this about her Dad.

Test Pattern

2/10/2010 11:45:19 PM
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Thank you Mr.Christian

I just wanted to thank you for beginning this thread in memory of my Grandfather.  
There definitely has been contact by the family in reference to getting my Grandfather Fred the honor and recognition he deserves with the Winnipeg firefighters and the CFFF. Unfortunately, we had to find out about the CFFF memorial in Ottawa on your group. Fortunately, my niece came across the thread and passed it on to the family.  
Some of us are hoping to attend the Memorial as we hold our Grandpa in the highest of esteem and honor his memory and sacrifice. We are thrilled he is finally being acknowledged. He was a wonderful man, loving husband, father and grandfather. I was a toddler at the time of his death and regret the loss of knowing him, of not having those precious memories of him, as I do my Grandma. I have learned to love Grandpa Fred through the stories and memories of others.  
Sherry  
( I have used my nephews login as for some reason mine has not been accepted)  

deegarvin

2/11/2010 10:33:53 PM
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Great granddaughter says thank you

Thank you for this wonderful acknowlegement of my great-grandpa Fred Brown.  
 
Him and his wife, Agnes, had six children, I come from one of their daughters, Win-my Grandma, who had my mum, Sherry.  
I grew up with a great love for my Great-Grandma Ness(Agnes), and stories and recollections of her husband Fred Brown. In the family we have photos of him in his uniform, with his family, and paintings done by him.  
Not only is this remembrance of Fred Brown wonderful for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren... It now extends to our children as a piece of their family heritage and legacy....Of their great-great grandfather who was a hero!!!  
 
 

Sherry Garvin

2/15/2010 12:15:52 PM
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Hi

Just to let you all know I'm forwarding a couple of photos to the West End Dumplings blog. Hopefully they go through ok.  
Sherry

mrchristian

2/16/2010 12:24:42 AM
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Received

an posted, thanks for sharing these !

Sherry Garvin

2/20/2010 2:09:36 PM
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street name

I see they are trying to get a street renamed after Fred Brown. A brilliant idea.

mrchristian

10/5/2010 1:10:16 PM
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To close the loop on this one ...


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