Montreal Firefighter spokesman Serge Tremblay
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MONTREAL - A 39-year-old city firefighter died on the job after his own pumper truck struck him during an emergency call.
"We lost a firefighter," said visibly shaken Montreal Fire Department director Serge Tremblay Friday evening.
Thierry Godfrind was struck about 4:30 p.m. Friday after firefighters responded to a fire caused by a pot left on a stove.
His team was unable to revive him at the scene and he was pronounced dead in hospital.
Two other firefighters were taken to hospital suffering from shock.
Godfrind had worked for the department since March 2010 and was the first firefighter to die on the job in the city since 2006.
The president of the Montreal Firefighters Association, Ronald Martin, said counselling services would be provided to members in the coming days.
Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said he was deeply saddened by the firefighter's death and offered his condolences to the man's family.
"Firefighters work with passion, determination and courage to ensure protection for the public in case of fire," said Tremblay.
"The death of one of them during the exercise of his functions saddens me enormously."
The fire department and the workplace health and safety
commission are investigating the incident.