Passing of Retiree Philip Heinrichs

Heinrichs, Philip Owen (1924 - 2016)
With hearts full of love and wonderful memories we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Father, Husband and Grandfather on Monday, November 14, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener.
He was born 92 years ago in Kitchener, Ontario. Dear husband to the late Anne. Father to late Henry (Patricia), Barbara (Andy), Ralph (Liz), Jaqui (Randy), Keith (Annette) and Don. Predeceased by his parents, Henry and Ruona Heinrichs and siblings Yadah, Barbara, Mary and Rod. Survived by siblings Dan, Hubert, Dory, Bob and Willard. He was a grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Philip was a proud retired captain of the Kitchener Firefighters and a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. He was a devoted volunteer at Freeport Hospital until a week before his passing. He travelled with his wife, Anne, visiting places like Egypt, Hawaii, and Scotland. They enjoyed spending time at their Conestoga cottage and winters in Florida, and visiting family and friends. Philip was a devoted member of the Carmel Church in Kitchener.
A memorial service will be held at Carmel New Church, 40 Chapel Hill Dr. Kitchener, on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, (519) 749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario - Research or Phil and Anne Heinrichs Fund through the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit for Philips memorial.

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Passing of Retiree Rick Hertel "Augie"

Hertel, Richard Henry
Surrounded by his family, Richard Henry Hertel, 67, passed away November 6, 2016 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Richard is survived by his wife Carol, son Matthew and his wife Joanne, daughter Abbey and her son Nolin, brother, Bill and sister Jane and their families. Lovingly remembered by many cousins. Richard was a "very special" grandpa; Nolin will miss the tractor and golf cart rides with grandpa. Richard was a very proud member of the Kitchener Fire Department having retired in 2005 after 29 years. We have been blessed with awesome family and friends who were always there during Richard's eight year battle with throat cancer. Richard, known by many as Augie, Augie Doggie, Kick it Ricky and many others, could do a house, carve a sign and whip up a great meal. He could hardly take a picture without a funny face and his dry humour made everyone laugh. Richard and Carol travelled every chance they could and always lived life to the fullest. This man just never stopped and that is one trait that made him so admired. Ricky gave so much to others and for that he will always live on....remember his motto, "enjoy each day" and he will live on in you. LTS (Life's too Short)
A special gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at Golf's Steak House, 598 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener, Ontario. Richard received excellent care from the London Health Sciences Centre Cancer Unit and the ENT Department (Dr Kevin Fung). Memorial donations to the ENT Dept., LHSC, would be appreciated by the family (cards available).
Online condolences and donations may be arranged through or by contacting Wm. Kipp at 519-632-8228.

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November General Meeting

The November General Meeting will be held on Tuesday November 15, 2016 at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed.

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2017 KPFFA Executive and Committee Members

The Main Executive
President- Steve Jones
Secretary- Brian Forbes
Treasurer- Daryl Greb
V.P. - Alan Taylor

Blake Moggy
Chris Vaux
Kyal Aitken
Norm Harper

Policy Committee
Adam Leis
Bengt Nyman
Jeff Johnston

Health and Safety
Carlin Riley
Chris Vaux

Kirk Brumwell
Marc Auger

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October General Meeting

The October General Meeting will be held at HQ in the Training Room starting at 7:30 pm. All business from the previous meeting to present will be discussed. Nominations for committees and the executive will be held at this meeting. All constitutional submissions should be submitted by October 31st to the secretary.

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KFD Firefit Results

KFD firefit results 2016 season
This season has come to an end this year, with a total of 5 individuals running individual races through the year and 6 firefighters competing in the relay at different events through the year. Our team is slowly growing and with that better results are being seen as we push each other harder in training and races. Below is a recap of all of the races our team competed in this year. We had personal bests by every member of our team this year. Personal bests are all highlighted and italicized. A big honorable mention is needed to Corey Gault, who was the 3rd fastest rookie this year. Without the penalty he would have been second only to Chris Crozier from Stratford, who broke the record for fastest rookie time EVER. So it says a lot about Corey’s potential for next year as I expect him to lead the way.   It was a great year for the team with the most individual races completed in total by our team, showing the growing commitment to the team.
Wasaga beach
Justin Myles    1:40:59  
Corey Gault      1:41:97 
Darcy Martin    1:45:26 
Dan Martin       1:51:77 
6th place with a total team time of 5:07:82 
Relay placing – 4th place
Port elgin 
Justin Myles          1:32:17 
Dan Martin            1:38:94 
Corey Gault           1:45:33 
Nathan Klinkman 1:58:09 
Team time – 1st place 4:56:44 
Relay – 4th place  
Darcy Martin 1:32:87
Nathan Klinkman 1:31:08 
Corey Gault            1:32:04 
Justin Myles           1:34:08 
Darcy Martin         1:35:86 
Dan Martin            1:38:21 
team time 5th place -  4:38:28 
Relay – honorable mention on this one
Corey Gault          1:24:86 plus a 2 second penalty (1:26:84) 
Justin Myles         1:30:97 plus a 2 second penalty (1:32:97) 
Dan Martin           1:34:68 plus a 2 second penalty (1:36:68) 
Darcy Martin        1:38:93
Team time -  7th in the country 4:36:49
Just a note that while Eric Mayne was unable to do individuals this year he was able to help us out with the relay on a couple occasions and is a key part of our relay team.  
All and all it was a successful year. I will follow up shortly with a second file which will outline our goals for next year as well as some possible team fundraising/sponsorship ideas we brainstormed this year.

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Boot Drive For Muscular Dystrophy

Congrats Joel and Bengt
Saturday Sept 17th was not dry, but awesome to be sure!
With help from On and off duty personnel, more than 20 Conestoga College Students and even a few members of the Wilmot Fire Department – Baden Station, we were able to collect $12,002 Canadian, along with $30 American, which by my calculation put us at about:
$12,041.56 in 5 hours.
Thank you to Kent Buchanan (you went above and beyond), Doug Voisin, Dwayne Quigley, Al Taylor, VEZ, Josh Bohnen and his daughter, Brad Murrell, Josh Jamieson, Jody Rank, Daryl Greb, Shawn Matches, Dave Bowman, Paul Koenig and Bengt Nyman for volunteering their off duty time on Saturday. I’d also like to thank Brian Forbes for taking time out of his schedule to take the money to be counted.
It is incredible to see what some volunteers; generous with their time and members of our community; generous with their finances can do in 5 hours. The volunteers were given a fresh purpose of why we do this each year, with some real life examples and the community responded once again seemingly getting this vision.
Stay tuned for a couple of the experiences that we had on Saturday that will begin to paint a picture for our members of why we do this, who the people are that we are trying to help, and the hope that these people have through efforts of Fire Departments like ours.
Have a great week!

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Ice Cream Fundraiser Results

This year’s sale of ice cream sandwiches raised $221.20 for Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.  Hundreds of ice cream sandwiches were sold to achieve this amount.  Thank you for your support. 
Yours Truly,
Kim Freeman

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12th Annual Kitchener Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day

Line Of Duty Death - Platoon Chief Bert Kummer (Retired)

Parade departs City Hall @ 12:45 hours sharp (12 pm muster on College St.) Memorial Ceremony @ 13:00 hours Fellowship & Complimentary Finger Foods immediately after @ McCabe’s Irish Pub & Grill, In the Cork Room - Dress Uniform attire.

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September 11th - Solemn Observance

Sept 11th - Solemn Observance
WHERE: Located @ the Kitchener Fallen Firefighter Memorial (101 Queen St. N) in front of the 9-11 commemorative feature of the World Trade Center steel beam & bronze commemorative helmet.
WHEN: From 08:45 until 9:11
WHAT: Brief welcome & comments by KPFFA Treasurer Daryl Greb & Fire Deputy Chief Rob Martin. Bouquet of flowers laid and candle lit. Fire and other emergency response personnel present will stand sentry post (rotating) during the observance. Concludes with thanks for attending in remembrance.

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September General Meeting

The September General Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 20th at HQ in the Training Room. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm. All business from the last meeting in June to present will be discussed. New members will be sworn in at this meeting as well.

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2016 KPFFA Retirement Banquet

The Annual KPFFA Retirement Banquet will be held at the Golf Steakhouse on Thursday September 29th.
Drinks at 6pm
Supper at 7pm
We will be honouring 5 of our members this year as well as our Retirees.
Congrats to: Captain John Pullman, Captain Mike Reinhardt, Communicator Jen Gazellone, Captain Peter Marck, and !st Class Firefighter Mike Zarzycki.

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KPFFA Charity Golf Tournament

To our brothers and sisters and city staff we are proud to announce that on June 27th, The Kitchener Firefighters held our 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament. We raised money for a local children’s charity. Clarky’s Kids (Children battling Cancer).

We would like to Thank all who were involved from volunteers, to participants, sponsors and of course Rebel Creek Golf Club for hosting. Also a big thank you to the rest of the Kitchener Firefighters and Fire Department for their support!

So here we go, The grand Total raised in our second year is….


On behalf of Matt Martin and Myself, we are very proud and very thankful for all of the support! The Kitchener Rangers and the Charity Clarky’s Kids are thrilled with all of the contributions over the years. This has been a huge step and improvement from last year’s total of $10,300. With the continued support we hope to keep the ball rolling and continue to raise the bar year after year.

The official cheque presentation will be at the Kitchener Rangers game (Clarky’s Kids Night) near the end of October. Come check it out.

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Congrats to Mike Zarzycki

Congrats to Mike on completing his career with the Kitchener Fire Department. Mike completed 28 years with the KFD at Station7 on June 30, 2016. We wish Mike, and his family the best on their new adventures.

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Congrats to Peter Marck

Congrats to Peter Marck on completing 40 years of service with the Kitchener Fire Department at Station 2 on June 30, 2016. You will be missed. Peter we wish you, and your family all the best on your new adventures.

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