Whitewater Region firefighters honoured

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Whitewater Region – Several firefighters in Whitewater Region were presented with exemplary service medals at a first-time celebration.

The Whitewater Region Fire Department hosted its first ever Fire Service Exemplary Service Medals last Thursday for 20 years of service in a fire department, and 1st Bar for 30 years of fire service.

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 29, 1985, honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service, 10 years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and were employed on or after the date of creation of the medal. Recognized fire services include Canadian fire departments, fire marshals’ offices, fire commissioners’ offices and the Canadian Forces fire services. Exemplary service is characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Whitewater Region Mayor Mike Moore and Fire Committee Chair Neil Nicholson presented the medals.

The Fire Service Exemplary Service recipients are Captain Rick Ruttan, Captain Reuban Snyder, Lieutenant Wade Lumax, Captain Lorin Martin, Lieutenant Tom Letang, Captain Randy Smith and Captain Lawrence Regier.

The Fire Service Exemplary Service, and 1st Bar recipients are Captain Roy Church, Captain Terry Moore, Firefighter Barry Robertson and Captain Troy Waite.

“Every one of these firefighters have dedicated more to the department than words or medals can describe,” Fire Chief Jonathan McLaren said. “Their commitment and the support of their families is truly worth celebrating.”

Deputy-Fire Chief Corey MacKenzie added Whitewater Region is fortunate to have so many dedicated firefighters and fire staff.

“The outstanding service they continuously provide to residents and visitors is commendable,” he said. “Any time of day, any season of the year, we can count on them to answer the call.”

Connie Tabbert, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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