About whose headstone it was…
This is the picture that is hanging on the wall of my office.
It is the picture of Édouard Métayer. He was a fireman and made captain in 1911.
Édouard is the father of my paternal grandmother Juliette Métayer.
Édouard died on April 2, 1928, on the eve of his 34th anniversary as a Montreal fireman.
The only memory I had as a child was a framed picture of this fireman in an old apartment on Mentana Street in Montreal back in the 1950s.
My grandparents were living there. My grandsparents were poor and I knew little about them. My grandmother Juliette had told me that her father, Édouard Métayer, had died when he tried to stop the horses while responding to a fire alarm. The horses were scared by a train that was coming.
Édouard died a month later.
That is all I knew. At that time…
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