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Kincardine, Tiverton firefighters receive service medals and awards
By Liz Dadson

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Nelly Green (L) of the Ontario Fire Marshall's Office, joins Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon (R) in presenting Federal Service Medals to captain Kevin Carr (second to left), deputy chief Mike Moore, captain Bill Young, and deputy chief Steve Otterman, during the recognition ceremony Monday night at the Kincardine Fire Hall



Deputy chief Mike Moore (L), fire chief Jamie MacKinnon (R) and deputy chief Steve Otterman (second to right) present municipal fire service recognition awards to Andrew Lalonde (second to left), Kevin Kirk, Jeff Hegmans, and Frank Merkt



Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon (R), deputy chief Steve Otterman (second to right), and deputy chief Mike Moore (L) present municipal service recognition awards to Roberta Trelford (second to left), Grant Robinson and Donna Healey

The Kincardine and Tiverton firefighters do a great job keeping the residents safe, and their dedicated service is greatly appreciated.

For several firefighters and fire department employees, that appreciation came in the form of medals and awards presented at a special recognition ceremony Monday night at the Kincardine Fire Hall.

Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer thanked all the firefighters, some with 20-30 years of service to the municipality.

Looking around at the crowd of firefighters in dress uniform at the ceremony, Kraemer joked that if there were a fire call that moment, the department would clock its fastest response time and provide the best-dressed firefighters at the scene.

Nelly Green of the Ontario Fire Marshall's Office also offered her appreciation to those who serve on the municipal volunteer force.

"I'm honoured to be here and help celebrate your firefighters," she said. "Firefighting has changed a lot over the years. Firefighters are trained and equipped for more than fighting fires. They do auto-extrication, hazardous materials containment, and medical response.

"Volunteer firefighters are a special type of people. They are professionals who can think on their feet and who are very dedicated.

"Be proud of what you do in the community. We thank you for your vital contribution to your community and to society.'

Fire chief Jamie MacKinnon said the Government of Canada recognizes firefighters with 20 years of service and then every 10 years after that. The Province of Ontario recognizes firefighters with 25 years of service and then every five years after that. And the Municipality of Kincardine began its recognition program in 2008, with awards for every five years of service.

The following awards were presented:

20-year Federal Service Medal

  • Captain Kevin Carr (retired), Tiverton
  • Deputy chief Mike Moore, Kincardine
  • Captain Bill Young, Tiverton

30-year Provincial and Federal Service Award - Second Bar

  • Deputy chief Steve Otterman, Tiverton

Five-year Municipal Fire Service Recognition Award

  • Firefighter Jeff Hegmans, Tiverton
  • Firefighter Kevin Kirk, Tiverton
  • Firefighter Andrew Lalonde, Tiverton
  • Firefighter Jim Willis, Tiverton

10-year Municipal Fire Service Recognition Award

  • Firefighter Frank Merkt, Kincardine

15-year Municipal Fire Service Recognition Award

  • Deputy chief Steve Otterman, Tiverton

20-year Municipal Fire Service Recognition Award

  • Captain Bill Young, Tiverton

Municipal Service Recognition Awards

  • Donna Healey, administrative assistant, 10 years
  • Grant Robinson, fire department maintenance, 20 years
  • Roberta Trelford, community emergency management co-ordinator, 20 years

Retirees

  • Firefighter Bryce Small, Kincardine (2011), 29 years
  • Captain Kevin Carr, Tiverton (2011), 20 years
  • Firefighter Don Longmire, Tiverton (2012), 19 years

 



Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon (R) presents municipal fire service recognition awards to captain Bill Young (L) and deputy chief Steve Otterman

Otterman said the firefighters appreciate being appreciated with the presentation of medals and awards.

"For me, those 30 years of service would not have been possible without the support of my wife and family," he said.

MacKinnon added his thanks to the spouses and families of the firefighters who have to leave whenever that pager goes off - in the middle of the night or the middle of Christmas dinner. "We appreciate all of you," he said.



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