For­mer P.G. fire­fighter in­spires award

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Bar­bara GEERNAERT Ci­ti­zen staff bgeer­naert@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

The mem­ory of a long-serv­ing fire­fighter lives on in a new stu­dent award es­tab­lished by the Jus­tice In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Columbia.

In recog­ni­tion of the life and con­tri­bu­tions of for­mer Prince Ge­orge fire­fighter, Floyd Stene, an award was cre­ated by his fam­ily of three gen­er­a­tions of first re­spon­ders who wanted to rec­og­nize his 55 years of ser­vice.

“My dad joined the Prince Ge­orge Fire Depart­ment when he was just 21,” said his son Carl Stene, an RCMP of­fi­cer in the Okana­gan.

“He re­tired as deputy fire chief and he did tons of train­ing and teach­ing. My son, Uriah is a JIBC grad­u­ate. He is also on a paid on-call fire depart­ment and a full mem­ber of B.C. Am­bu­lance.”

Keep­ing the legacy alive and in the fam­ily is in­te­gral but ac­cord­ing to Carl’s wife Lori, the mem­ory of her fa­ther-in­law who passed away in 2013 should reach the com­mu­nity by help­ing oth­ers.

“For my wife, the idea was all about help­ing out,” Stene said. “If it’s a pas­sion, then let’s put the money where your mouth is by help­ing with tu­ition and food. Be­ing in school can be hard, so any lit­tle bit helps.”

Floyd Stene had a pas­sion for his com­mu­nity through his work as a fire­fighter, men­tor and fa­cil­i­ta­tor and he be­lieved to be suc­cess­ful as a first re­spon­der, you need a pas­sion for ser­vice.

“You could al­ways count on him,” Stene said.

“My dad was so knowl­edge­able, he loved his job but he also had a love for the great out­doors and he was also con­sid­ered quite the ‘fixer up­per.’ But when he did re­tire, he as­sisted First Na­tions with fire halls and train­ing and he played a vi­tal role in bring­ing the In­ter­na­tional Fire As­so­ci­a­tion to Prince Ge­orge.”

“He was also in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing scuba to the fire depart­ment in Prince Ge­orge. He kept work­ing un­til his very last year. He was in­vested in help­ing out,” Stene said.

The Floyd Stene Memo­rial Award rec­og­nizes the ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion given to those around him.

“We de­cided to es­tab­lish this award to memo­ri­al­ize dad and to give peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about serv­ing oth­ers some as­sis­tance in fol­low­ing their dreams,” Stene said. “My dad spent a lot of time train­ing oth­ers so we thought it ap­pro- pri­ate that we would con­tinue to give to train­ing oth­ers through this award.”

The Jus­tice In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Columbia is a pub­lic, post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion in New West­min­ster which is fo­cused on train­ing professionals in the jus­tice, pub­lic safety and so­cial ser­vices fields.

“This new award, es­tab­lished in mem­ory of Floyd’s re­mark­able ca­reer and ser­vice, will have a strong im­pact on help­ing stu­dents fol­low their pas­sion to be first re­spon­ders in the same way as three gen­er­a­tions of the Stene fam­ily,” said Tracy Camp­bell, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with the Jus­tice In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Columbia Foun­da­tion.

“We are hon­oured the fam­ily chose to sup­port JIBC and our pub­lic safety he­roes of to­mor­row.” The ward is a $1,000 an­nual award. Ap­pli­cants must be B.C. res­i­dents en­rolled in one of the fol­low­ing JIBC pro­grams: Fire Fighter Tech­nolo­gies Cer­tifi­cate, Law En­force­ment Stud­ies Diploma, Bach­e­lor of Law En­force­ment Stud­ies, Pri­mary Care Paramedic or Ad­vanced Care Paramedic. Ap­pli­ca­tions are ac­cepted un­til Oct. 30. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit pgc. cc/2yGVnoj.

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