Lawrencetown firefighters honoured

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Published on February 28, 2014

West Nova MP Greg Kerr presents a certificate and pin to firefighter Troy Emmett for his 20 years of service.

Published on February 28, 2014

West Nova MP Greg Kerr presents a certificate and pin to firefighter Brian Sturney for his 20 years of service.

Published on February 28, 2014

Elizabeth McGregor with the Ladies Auxiliary, presents a cheque for $5,000 to Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Stoddart.

Published on February 28, 2014

Deputy Chief Glenn Whitman presented a plaque to Marjorie Whitman who was a founder of the Ladies Auxiliary 45 years ago.

Published on February 28, 2014

Deputy Chief Glenn Whitman presented a plaque to Joan Steadman who was also a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary 45 years ago.

Published on February 28, 2014

Deputy Chief Glenn Whitman presented a plaque to Elizabeth McGregor, another founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Published on February 28, 2014

Deputy Chief Glenn Whitman presented a plaque to Cathy Lowe, another founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Nancy Gesner, who was unable to attend the banquet, will also received a plaque.

Published on February 28, 2014

Lawrencetown Village commission chair Jaki Fraser welcomed the firefighters and praised them for their tireless and selfless efforts on the behalf of residents.

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Firefigfhter Michelle Kerr-Beals was master of ceremonies for the evening.

Published on February 28, 2014

Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Stoddart talked about the qualities it takes to be a firefighter and presented his annual report.

Thompson, Emmett, Sturney singled out for years of dedication

By Lawrence Powell

The Spectator

editor@annapolisspectator.ca

 

A pair of firefighters were honoured for their 20 years of service with the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department Saturday evening, and longtime member George Thompson received a standing ovation when he was lauded for almost 60 years donning bunker gear.

Thompson spent his first few years with the Nictaux department but the next 51 in Lawrencetown. He received a plaque from the department and certificates from West Nova MP Greg Kerr, Premier Stephen McNeil, and Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie.

Firefighters Troy Emmett and Brian Sturney received plaques and pins from the department for their 20 years of service, plus certificates from Ritchie, Kerr, and McNeil.

The department also presented plaques to Marjorie Whitman, Joan Steadman, Liz McGregor, Cathy Lowe, and Nancy Gesner who were founding members of the LVFD’s Ladies Auxiliary 45 years ago.

The auxiliary’s McGregor also presented a cheque for $5,000 to the department while Ronda Carver presented the auxiliary’s annual report that detailed their fund-raising efforts.

Joel Harrison, Ken Moore, and Cale Anthony were each presented with five-year LVFD pins, while Ethan Stultz, Jeremy Reece, and Peter Durling received their one-year pins.

 

Chief Stoddart

Department Chief Mike Stoddart presented his annual report, prefaced by a list of qualities to which he says firefighters should aspire – dedication, a sense of ownership, sense of family, and integrity.

Stoddart said the department’s three annual fundraisers – ladderathon, exhibition canteen, and fall auction – continued to be successful in 2013. Also in 2013 firefighters attended courses and trained in the burn unit. The department received 63 calls over the year including a structure fire, 22 mutual aid calls, eight chimney fires, eight medical assists, eight motor vehicle accidents, three car fires, six alarm-sounding calls, three grass fires, two power lines, and two in the ‘other’ category.

Master of ceremonies for the evening was firefighter Michelle Kerr-Beals.

“Throughout the year there are so many people who volunteer their time to help our department, that it is almost impossible to acknowledge all the names,” she said. “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who helped our department in 2013.”

She also acknowledged the Ladies Auxiliary, retired firefighters, and the Lawrencetown Lions Club that catered the banquet. Lawrencetown Village Commission Chair Jaki Fraser also spoke, praising the firefighters for their efforts on behalf of residents.

Organizations: Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department, Nictaux department, Lawrencetown Lions Club Lawrencetown Village Commission Chair Jaki Fraser

Geographic location: Lawrencetown

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