Statement by Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association President Fred LeBlanc

TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Today I became aware of the following comments made by Ontario NDP candidate Anthony Marco about Ontario fire fighters.

As a 26 year professional fire fighter and President of the over 11,000 professional fire fighters across Ontario, I am deeply insulted by this quote and ideology. Our members put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and the citizens of Ontario, including Mr. Marco.

Far too many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. On October 2nd, 24 more names will be added to the Ontario Fallen Firefighters Memorial at Queens Park.

Doctors, fire fighters, and police officers, are everyday heroes and I am not ashamed to say it.

I am shocked that this type of rhetoric is coming from a candidate and I hope that this is not a shared view within the New Democratic Party.

Anthony Marco, NDP Candidate,, November 2010:

"There are a lot of very honourable, very righteous, very heroic people who die on a daily basis for what they believe in. And I think we throw the term 'hero' around a little bit too loosely these days. I think we need to really tie it a lot more to a belief system, as opposed to a job. I'm tired of hearing, and no offense to doctors or firefighters or policemen, but automatically calling occupations as heroic, I'm tired of hearing about that. Doing your job isn't necessarily heroic, there can be heroic elements in there. There can be, but there doesn't have to be. You don't automatically become a hero just because you put on a uniform of some sort or have a title before or after your name."

SOURCE Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association

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