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