Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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    [first_name] => Walter
    [nickname] => 
    [middle_name] => 
    [last_name] => Tilson
    [category] => full time
    [rank] => Lieutenant
    [birth_date] => 
    [joined_date] => 1940-01-01
    [death_date] => 1960-02-21
    [funeral_date] => 1960-02-23
    [cemetary] => 
    [age] => 54
    [department] => Port Arthur Fire Department
    [station] => 
    [city] => Port Arthur
    [province] => Ontario
    [incident_location] => 
    [incident_province] => 
    [circumstances] => Collapsed and died at house fire
    [url] => 
    [other] => Born at Ahmic Harbour, ON; Promoted to Lieutenant, 1954. 
    [exclude] => 0
    [use_department] => 0
    [wsib_rec_date] => 
    [date_entered] => 2005-03-12
    [source] => Robert Kirkpatrick
    [note] => 
    [ceremony] => 
    [photo] => walter-tilson_cpm.jpg
    [panel_number] => 14
    [story_EN] => 

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[story_FR] => [dod] => 1960-02-21 )
Lieutenant Walter Tilson
Port Arthur, Ontario
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Honouring the Fallen

The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created to HONOUR and REMEMBER firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty and to SUPPORT their families. The CFFF is a registered charity and operates by fundraising.

The 2019 Memorial Service will take place on Sunday September 8th at 10:30 AM. The Honourary Host for the 2019 ceremony will be the Combined Fire Services of Manitoba.


The 2019 Canadian Firefighters Memorial was broadcast live as it happened. The Recording of the live feed will remain available on our Facebook page at   The Live Stream was provided courtesy of M&L Supply.




    2019 Ceremony Photos


    Photos of the 2019 Canadian Firefighters Memorial can be viewed by visiting Official CFFF Photographer Linda Matta's website gallery.

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    2020 Ceremony


    2020 Ceremony Date:  September 13

    The 17th Annual Canadian Firefighters Memorial will take place on Sunday, September 13th, 2020 in Ottawa, ON. The Calgary Fire Department will be the 2020 Honourary Host.

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Education Program

Scholarship & Bursaries

The Foundation awards Scholarships and Bursaries to the children and spouses of Fallen Firefighters recognized by the Foundation. 

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Memorial DVD


2014 CFM Ceremony DVD's are now available.
The Ceremony Videos make a great keepsake.
$20.00 ea. plus shipping.

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Courage Publication

Volume 14 is now available - View all the publications of Courage magazine online in digital format.

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Honouring the Fallen

The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable corporation, governed by a Board of Directors composed of member of the Canadian Fire Service and other interested Canadians dedicated to honouring Canada's fallen firefighters.

LODD Recognition Application

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CFFF Attends 2019 FDIC Atlantic in Wolfville, NS

June 8th, 2019

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