Lethbridge Fallen Fire Fighters
In our Profession we know our members are going to pay the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. The IAFF has more than 100 members per year who lose their life protecting their communities. Here in Lethbridge we are not immune from these Line of Duty Deaths as we have at least five members of IAFF Local 237 who have paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the Citizens of Lethbridge. This page is dedicated to those five members of our Great Union.
CLIFFORD DANIEL HEATON (1911 – 1970)
Cliff joined the Lethbridge Fire Department on April 29, 1942. By 1961, he had achieved the rank of Captain and in 1965 was awarded his 25 year service pin. Up to this date, he had not missed a single day of work due to illness.
On January 18, 1970 while working at a Muscular Dystrophy Christmas Tree burning, Cliff became ill and died within the hour.
DOUGLAS HENRY J. HERBERS (1951 – 2003)
Doug joined the Lethbridge Fire Department on September 15, 1981. By 1989 he was promoted to the rank of senior fire fighter. Doug achieved 22 years of service with the Fire Department before passing away on September 30, 2003 after a short battle with brain cancer.
JOHN STERENBERG (1933 – 2004)
John retired in 1991 with a total of 33 years of service. On October 25, 2004, John passed away after a battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
EDWARD KENNETH KURTZ (1929 – 2004)
Ed Kurtz joined the Lethbridge Fire Department on May 21, 1953. Ed achieved the rank of Lieutenant in November, 1968 and then transferred to the Fire Prevention Bureau in July 1973. After 35 years of service, Ed retired on May 20, 1988.
Ed passed away on March 1, 2004 due to cancer of the colon.
TED GORDON BOCHAN (1945 – 2011)
Ted Bochan joined the Lethbridge Fire Department on September 16, 1968. Ted was promoted to Deputy Chief August 26, 1986. In 1986 Ted co-authored the book “Lethbridge A Century of Firefighting” with Dr. Alex Johnston . After 33 years of service with the Lethbridge Fire Department Ted Retired March 21, 2001. In 2002, Ted was recruited by Alberta Sustainable Resources, Forest Protection Division providing training and community fire protection planning across Alberta.
Ted passed away June 26, 2011 at the age of 65 years after a long battle with esophageal cancer.
JON ENANDER (1955 – 2013)
Jon Enander joined the Fire Department on September 10, 1979 and spent 33 years serving the community in the capacity as a Fire Fighter and EMT. Jon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2007 and to the rank of Captain on March 7, 2009. Jon was the captain at Station 3 and served the department and his crews well in that position. He was well respected by his peers and had an infectious sense of humour that lightened the mood of any situation or discussion. His entertaining stories were second to none.
JOHN WAGONTALL (1957-2016)
John started with the Lethbridge Fire Department on July 4, 1984. After over 20 years of service as a Fire Fighter/EMT-A, John was diagnosed with metastatic Prostate Cancer. He then decided to ride his bicycle 7,945 km across Canada to raise awareness and money for Prostate Cancer. John was instrumental in getting Prostate Cancer added to the list of Presumptive Cancer legislation for Firefighters in Canada. John was promoted to Captain in December 2016. He was a fire fighter until the end when he passed away on December 18,2016 after a battling cancer for 14 years.