Basil (Baz) Landry, a nationally decorated Halifax firefighter and a Canadian Medal of Bravery recipient, died 11 years ago today, on May 2, 2006, at age 73.
Baz loved being a firefighter. He served with the former Halifax Fire Department (HFD) for 31 years, retiring in 1988. He considered his firefighting peers his second family. He was devoted to both his profession and comrades.
Baz was also devoted to his immediate family. He is deeply missed, daily, by: loving wife, Theresa Landry, daughter, Janice Landry, son-in-law Rob Dauphinee and his mother, Betty Dauphinee, and the light of his life, only grandchild Laura Dauphinee.
His family remains staunchly proud of his many achievements, but, most of all, we are proud of the humble and caring person Baz was, the extraordinary examples he set, and, the fact Landry repeatedly put his life on the line for others.
The accompanying photo was taken of Baz and the little boy he saved from a Halifax house fire in 1978. The boy, Nick, was only an eight-week-old infant when Landry and his peers saved him from near-death. Eyewitness testimony reveals there were 60 seconds or less in the difference between life and death - of both Landry and the baby.
The Landry family would like to publicly thank Baz's 1978 peers for their perfect and textbook placement of the ladder under the child's second floor bedroom window - the only escape route for both the Halifax firefighter and child.
"You go to a fire as a team," Baz told a reporter, during an interview following his Medal of Bravery announcement. When Landry had the national and international spotlight on him, he turned it around and made it all about his HFD brothers.
A class act to the end, Baz Landry is sorely missed.