The Rural Municipality of St. Peter’s Bay held their annual appreciation Dinner for the Firemen on December 1st at the Dr. Roddie Center.
Following the dinner, several members of the department received pins and certificates. Chief Craig Campbell was awarded his 20 year service pin, Jerry Dwan was awarded his 40 year service pin, Corina Anderson earned her 10 year service pin and Shawn Murphy was awarded his 15 year pin. Presentation were done by Souris Fire Chief, and MLA Colin Lavie with Mayor Ron MacInnis. Two members earned their Level One Certificates and they are : Julio Sanchez and Neil Weber.
Also during the event it was sadly noted the absence of B. J. O’Hanley a 65 year veteran of the Department. B J was Chief for 15 years and passed in May of this year.
Mayor Ron MacInnis noted that the fire service is a good organization to be part of and thanked all the members for their devotion and hard work. He noted it is sometimes tough but the resources to help you are there.
Chief Campbell noted in his speech that being a firefighter is a part time job with a full time demand. With the training now including more medical and use of sophisticated communication and technical gear, the firefighters work closely with paramedics and police.
Also speaking was Cst. Les Dill from Kings District RCMP, offering his thanks to the Island firefighters who he said are highly trained professionals. He is suggesting that volunteer firemen should be calling for supplements to the pensions of those professionals as being “unsung heroes”.
In attendance was Hon. Lawrence MacAulay and Fire Chief Billy Holland of Central Kings Fire Department as well as Municipality Councillors.
A draw for dinner for two graciously donated by The Inn at St. Peter’s Bay, was awarded to: James Forget.