Statement - Passing of Former Fire Captain, Tim Boutin

Nov 21, 2018


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Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP):

Richard Cannings

Constituency: South Okanagan—West Kootenay

Statement November 22, 2018

Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP): Mr. Speaker, last Wednesday, I attended a meeting of community leaders in Trail, BC. I arrived to a room full of sombre faces, some people quietly crying. They had just learned of the sudden passing of retired fire chief Tim Boutin.

    Tim passed away after a brief battle with kidney cancer, a cancer that is considered an occupational disease for firefighters, likely caused by toxins that firefighters encounter almost daily.

    Tim had become a career firefighter in 1986, was promoted to captain in 2000, and retired in 2013. I did not know Tim, but it was obvious that his community loved him.

    I want to extend my sincere condolences to Tim's family and to his co-workers and many friends, who have lost a father and a friend, and lost him far too early.

    Fire chiefs from across Canada will be here in Ottawa next week. I hope everyone here will have an opportunity to meet with them and thank them all for their service and for the service of all firefighters, who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.