Sgt. Tim Cooke (left) stationed in Ottawa, and Cnst. Tyler Cooke (right), stationed in Calgary, travelled to attend the Firefighters and Emergency Responders memorial service to honour their grandfather Cedric Cooke (centre), a retired Amherst Town Police officer and retired Amherst Fire Department firefighter. Rose Willigar Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Firefighters, emergency responders, dignitaries and members of the general public gathered at the First Baptist Church in Amherst yesterday to honour firefighters and emergency responders.
Following the service at the First Baptist Church, the group gathered at the Amherst Fire Department where a wreath-laying ceremony took place. The ten wreaths were laid to honour firefighters Capt. William (Bubba) Sarson, Capt, R.H. (Nails) Gaudet, Wilkie Costin, Capt. Arnold MacLeod, Chief Wally Hastings, Chief Frank Matthews, Lieutenant John Michels, Terry Arsenault and Capt. George Black.
Because of poor weather, the usual laying of the wreaths at the outside memorial monument was moved inside the fire hall where refreshments were served following the ceremonies.
Also during the ceremonies, it was brought to the attention of the public that Capt. Robert Hanley would be hanging up his fireman's gear.
"It's been a pleasure to be a part of the department and this memorial service is important to pay tribute and keep the memory alive of former firefighter," Hanley said.
"Out of the honoured members the only one that lost his life in the line of duty was Bubba," Hanley said.
A moment of silence was had following the laying of the wreaths and prior to refreshments prepared by the fire department's ladies auxiliary.