The province is paying tribute to Jerry Gadwa. The fallen firefighter was from Kehewin First Nation in Alberta.

Jeff Yurek is the Minister for Natural Resources and Forestry, and he thanked Gadwa for his service, in a letter issued yesterday:

"I learned yesterday that an Alberta wildland firefighter assisting our response to wildfires in Northwestern Ontario has died. Our hearts go out to his family and friends back home, to his crew-members and to all the Alberta firefighters who are helping to keep Ontarians safe.‎

These brave men and women are working around the clock to help fight these fires. It's dangerous and hard work — they are our first line of defense and they step up each and every time. We're grateful for their efforts and their sacrifices, and for reminding us that we're never stronger than when we work together.

Ontario is fortunate to have fire crews from Mexico to Minnesota; from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island helping to fight the fires burning in northern and central Ontario, alongside our law enforcement, municipalities, Indigenous communities and emergency staff."

Crews from Mexico, Minnesota, B.C., Saskatchewan and P.E.I. have joined forces with Ontarians to fight forest fires this summer. Premier Doug Ford is visiting with firefighters on the frontlines today.

For more information:

Statement by the minister

Premier visits firefighters

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