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Pierre Surprennant dies in a tragic accident.
Pierre Surprenant ringing the Memorial
Bell at the 2005 Canadian Fallen Firefighters Ceremony

Pierre Surprenant, 51, died in a tragic accident in upstate New York on Sunday, August 3, 2008. Surprenant was returning home from the SPAAMFA muster in Syracuse when his 1960 Thibault Aerial got a flat tire. When he stopped to fix the tire, New York State Trooper, Shawn Snow, 47 stopped to assist.

In order to balance the weight of the apparatus away from the flat right rear tire the ladder was raised. It has yet to be determined exactly what happened however the ladder came in contact with overhead wires and both men were instantly killed.

Snow was a 19 year veteran of the New York State Police and Surprenant was the former chief of the Ottawa International Airport Fire Department and a past director of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. While pursuing his interest in older fire apparatus he had also recently started teaching near Montreal.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of both men as they will be deeply missed.


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