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Captain Rheal Leger (courtesy City of Dieppe)

Dieppe Fire Mourns Loss Of Captain

By Allan Dearing Jan 6, 2023 | 12:52 PM

The Dieppe Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Captain Rheal Leger died on Thursday from a work-related illness at age 57, after serving Dieppe for 39 years.

A media release from the city noted Leger began his career as a volunteer firefighter in 1984, earned a permanent position as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in 1987, and was promoted to Captain in 2014.

“Captain Leger’s passing is a great loss to the Fire Department. His leadership qualities and his support for his colleagues were known and admired by all. He was loved by all, but most of all, he loved his work and serving his community. His passing will leave a great void in the Department and the community,” said Fire Chief Marc Cormier.

In 2000, Leger was recognized as Canadian firefighter of the year and received a medal of bravery for saving a mother and her two children during a flood while off duty.

Dedicated to his work, he was also the recipient of provincial and national long-service medals.

“On behalf of the City of Dieppe, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and all members of our Fire Department,” said Mayor Yvon Lapierre.

“The flags at City Hall and our two fire stations will be flown at half-mast in honour of Captain Leger.”

According to Leger’s last wishes, there will be no viewing at the funeral home.

A commemorative ceremony will be held by the city, in accordance with the protocol established by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, as well as the wishes of Captain Leger and his family.

The details will be announced at a later date.


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