LT.-GOV. PRESENTS MIMINEGASH FIRE­MEN WITH MEDALS.

Lt.-Gov. thanks Miminegash fire­men for their ded­i­ca­tion, ser­vice

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Prince Ed­ward Is­land Lieu­tenant-Gov­er­nor An­toinette Perry ex­tended a spe­cial wish to mem­bers of the Miminegash Fire Depart­ment dur­ing a spe­cial awards pre­sen­ta­tion Satur­day. “May you al­ways feel a sense of ful­fill­ment and per­sonal pride as you con­tinue to carry out your im­por­tant ser­vice, af­ford­ing a spe­cial piece of mind to all of us. May safety be your con­stant com­pan­ion in ev­ery one of your calls,” ex­pressed Perry.

Four fire­fight­ers, Ed­ward But­ler, Ron­ald But­ler, Ste­vie Gal­lant

and Chief Wayne Gal­lant, re­ceived medals for 40 years of ser­vice and oth­ers re­ceived medals for ser­vice rang­ing from five to 30 years.

Dur­ing her re­marks Perry also rec­og­nized the spouses, part­ners and fam­i­lies of fire­fight­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port and en­cour­age­ment and for “hold­ing down the fort,” while the fire­fight­ers carry out their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“I speak for all the mem­bers of the Miminegash Fire Depart­ment when I say, I think it takes an ex­tra spe­cial per­son to be a spouse of a first re­spon­der,” said Deputy Chief Rob Tremblay be­fore he and Chief Wayne Gal­lant pre­sented each of the spouses and part­ners with a rose as an ex­pres­sion of thanks. “When you made your de­ci­sion

to be­come a vol­un­teer fire­fighter, you made a com­mit­ment to be­come a mem­ber of an im­por­tant team in your com­mu­nity,” Perry said in ad­dress­ing the depart­ment mem­bers. “You ac­cepted to pro­vide ser­vice in of­ten dif­fi­cult, risky and crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions, of­ten putting your­self in harm’s way.” She also re­minded them they must also take care of them­selves, urg­ing them to seek the sup­port they need if they ever feel­ing over­whelmed.

“No mat­ter what com­mu­nity we call home, we find very car­ing, ded­i­cated and gen­er­ous peo­ple

who care so much about their com­mu­nity that they feel that great need to be ac­tively in­volved in it,” Lt.-Gov. Perry said. “Fire­fight­ers, you are those peo­ple. “You make a dif­fer­ence. You make the sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the lives of ev­ery res­i­dent in your com­mu­nity.”

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Lieu­tenant-Gov­er­nor An­toinette Perry pre­sented years-of-ser­vice medals Satur­day to sev­eral mem­bers of the Miminegash Fire Depart­ment. With her on stage are fire­fight­ers who re­ceived 40-year ser­vice medals, from left, Steve Gal­lant, Ron­ald But­ler, Chief Wayne Gal­lant and Ed­ward But­ler, and fire­fight­ers with 30 years ser­vice, Brian Tremblay and Robert Wedge. In the back­ground is Aide-de-Camp, Summerside Deputy po­lice Chief Sin­clair Walker.

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Miminegash fire Chief Wayne Gal­lant is con­grat­u­lated by, from left, Lt.Gov. An­toinette Perry, Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry, Miminegash Deputy fire Chief Rob Tremblay, and mas­ter of cer­e­monies Au­drey Cal­laghan. Gal­lant was one of four depart­ment mem­bers to re­ceive a 40-year ser­vice medal.

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P.E.I. Lieu­tenant-Gov­er­nor An­toinette Perry, presents 40-year ser­vice cer­tifi­cates and medals to Miminegash fire­fight­ers, from sec­ond left, Chief Wayne Gal­lant, Steve Gal­lant, Ron­ald But­ler and Ed­ward But­ler.

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