Fort Sask has bid farewell to a Canadian hero.
A ceremony for local firefighter, Walter Thomas, was held on Monday (November 27) at the Our Lady of the Angels Church.
"It was so wonderful to have such a beautiful tribute as we bid him a final farewell from the City of Fort Saskatchewan and our firefighters," said Gale Katchur, mayor of Fort Saskatchewan.
Thomas joined the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department in 1947 and fought fires until 1978. He went through the roles of dispatcher, captain and historian.
In 2012, he was recognized as Canada’s longest serving firefighter and received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. Thomas was also the first to receive the Queen’s Exemplary Service Medals for his 50 and 60 years of service.
"He was beyond amazing and we are going to remember him for years to come," added Katchur.
Thomas did 70 years of service with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 27 and was an active member with the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church.
In 2005, the department started the Walter Thomas Award and in 2013, the fire hall was named after him.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years Alice; father to Maben, Lorence, Michael, Margaret, Wanda, Annette, John; grandfather to Rory, Tara, Ian, Neil, Kris, Jason, Brianne, Devon, Ryan and great grandfather to Austin, Spencer, Ethan, Hayden, Kendall and Avery.

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