Hon­our­ing fire­fight­ers

St. Lawrence Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment 53rd an­nual Fire­man’s ban­quet

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY CYN­THIA FAR­RELL

The St. Lawrence Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment mem­bers were hon­oured dur­ing the 53rd an­nual Fire­man’s event re­cently.

Mem­bers gath­ered to­gether at the St. Thomas Aquinas Par­ish Hall to cel­e­brate. It was ev­i­dent by the ca­pac­ity crowd that their is a great deal of sup­port for the mem­bers of the vol­un­teer dept.

Dur­ing his an­nual re­port, Daryl Doyle — in his eighth year as fire chief — thanked the com­mu­nity, mayor and coun­cil­lors for their sup­port and ded­i­ca­tion, not only this year but on a con­tin­ual ba­sis. Ap­pre­ci­a­tion was also ex­tended for the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial sup­port of Judy Foote and Carolanne Ha­ley; the Fire Flames for their con­stant fundrais­ing and moral sup­port and his team for their work be­hind the scenes, fundrais­ing, pro­grams within the town and their un­end­ing sup­port.

Doyle en­cour­aged ev­ery­one, “Don’t wait. Check the Date. Re­place Smoke alarms ev­ery 10 years” — the theme of this years Fire Preven­tion theme.

He noted, “These smoke alarms are our watch­ing eyes while we sleep.”

He also im­pressed the im­por­tance of check­ing the dates, as well as the bat­ter­ies.

This year’s statis­tics were the same as last years — 11 calls.

The Fire Chief thanked the fire­men who par­tic­i­pated in the dif­fer­ent train­ing, out­side the of the in house train­ing com­mit­ment and con­tin­ued sup­port of the break­fast pro­gram at St Lawrence Academy.

A do­na­tion of $500 was made for work in the area of Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy and $500 to the Janeway ear­lier in the year.

Mon­e­tary pre­sen­ta­tions were made to the fire depart­ment by the Fire Flames, Lions Club and Burin Penin­sula Shriners Club.

Ser­vice awards were pre­sented to Brian Kelly ( five years) and Donny Lambe (10 years).

Three fire­men left the depart­ment this year. One due to work com­mit­ments (Jerome Slaney) and two re­tired — Fire­fighter Tony Cham­p­doizeau and Cap­tain/Train­ing Of­fi­cer Pa­trick Miller.

Cham­p­doizeau had been with the depart­ment for 15 years. He was thanked for his “his un­end­less en­ergy, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion.”

Miller served as a fire­fighter for 24 years and the same ap­pre­ci­a­tion was ex­tended to him. He served as a fire­fighter, lieu­tenant, as­sis­tant chief, train­ing of­fi­cer and cap­tain.

“The knowl­edge, pas­sion and ex­per­tise Paddy served with us will cer­tainly not go un­no­ticed,” Doyle said. “We will miss you, Paddy”.

Doyle wel­comed the new fire­men — Rudy Kelly, Rod­ney Doyle Jr, Jor­dan Pike and Ja­cob Power.

PHOTOS CYN­THIA FAR­RELL/SPE­CIAL TO TC ME­DIA

Edgar Fancy of the Boot Shriners Club made a do­na­tion to St. Lawrence Fire Chief Daryl Doyle.

Re­tirees Paddy Miller, Fire Chief Doyle, and Tony Cham­p­doizeau.

Ser­vice awards were pre­sented to Brian Kelly (5 years), Chief Daryl Doyle; Stephanie Cum­ben ( Judy Foote rep­re­sen­ta­tive) and Donny Lambe (10 years).

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