Mayor Katz Mourns Death of Local Homeless Hero Faron Hall

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz has announced to have awarded the homeless man, who rose to fame and acquired national attention five years ago for rescuing two people from the river on separate occasions, as being a “selfless hero.” Authorities recovered Faron Hall’s body from the Red River near Kildonan Park on Sunday night.

After the news about Mr. Hall’s death was aired on Monday night, Mayor Katz announced to remember the man as a “true and selfless hero.” Earlier Katz met Hall five years ago and gave him season tickets to his Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team. Awarding Mr. Hall the Mayor’s Medal of Valour, Katz mentioned in her remarks that the “most heartbreaking is that he seemed to miss seeing in himself what we saw in him: that he was a true and selfless hero deserving of honours and a good life. He taught Winnipeg and the nation to recognize that the cover does not show the heart inside, and that those with the least to give are often those who give the most.”

In addition to that, Mr. Katz stated that “Faron reminded us that we all have strength even as we struggle, but that we are human and we will all struggle even though we are strong,” adding that “as mayor, I offer my deepest condolences to Faron’s family and loved ones during this very difficult time. His life touched us all and Winnipeg mourns his loss together as a community.”

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