Amherst Fire­fight­ers rec­og­nized for years of ser­vice

Ral­ston rec­og­nized for 40 years ser­vice, Sears, 35, and Wood, 25

The Amherst News - - NEWS - By DAvE MAThIEsoN

The Amherst Fire De­part­ment handed out hard­ware to fire­fight­ers dur­ing their an­nual ban­quet re­cently held at the Amherst Fire Hall.

Greg Jones, fire chief for the AFD, talked about the im­pact fire fight­ers have on the com­mu­nity.

“I know a per­son who quite of­ten says ‘hello, how’s are you do­ing chief.’

It’s some­one who years ago, and a cou­ple of you here will re­mem­ber, that we pulled them out of a struc­ture fire, and they still re­mem­ber,” said Jones. “That hap­pens quite a lot. For staff here in this build­ing we see peo­ple come here all the time, and we as mem­bers, at one point, have gone to their home, or their prop­erty, or to a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent and helped them out.”

The Amherst Fire De­part­ment was founded in 1883, and 2018 will mark the 135 an­niver­sary of the Amherst Fire De­part­ment.

Jones talked about the many changes over the years but said many things re­main the same

“Many things we do as mem­bers are no dif­fer­ent than they were in the very first three or four years of this de­part­ment,” said Jones.

He says the goal has al­ways been to serve the com­mu­nity.

“Ul­ti­mately, as fire­fight­ers, there is one com­mon goal that we have had over the last al­most 135 years. That com­mon goal is to pro­vide our com­mu­nity with great ser­vice by us­ing our knowl­edge, skills and our ex­pe­ri­ence to help re­gard­less of the sit­u­a­tion, and to also have a fam­ily in the fire ser­vice,” said Jones. “When you look back at what you’ve per­son­ally done in the fire ser­vice over the years, both the good and the bad, through the best of times and the worst of times, we have al­ways had the op­por­tu­nity on any given call or any sit­u­a­tion, no mat­ter how big or small, to help some­one and they re­mem­ber it.”

Fire­fight­ers rec­og­nized for years of ac­tive ser­vice at the Amherst Fire De­part­ment:

David Ral­ston – 40 years Robert Sears – 35 years Steven Wood – 25 years Paul Lacey – 15 years Marty Fur­long – 10 years Trevor Gail­lard – 10 years Chris Clark – 10 years

Other awards in­cluded:

Vol­un­teer of the Year – Craig Churchill Rookie of the Year – Kevin LePage Dwight Wheaton was rec­og­nized for 50 hours as the lad­der sit­ter for the 2017 lad­der sit fundraiser for Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy.

Re­tired fire­fight­ers were also rec­og­nized:

A spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion was also made to the town’s 33 re­tired fire­fight­ers who had served at least 20 years with the de­part­ment be­fore re­tir­ing.

Jones pre­sented those mem­bers with a newly minted badge that is na­tion­ally ac­cepted by the fire ser­vice. The badge, a sil­ver crest with a red maple for re­tired fire­fight­ers and a gold crest with a red maple leaf for re­tired fire of­fi­cers, will be worn on the left arm of their uni­form.

“Thank you all to our hon­ourary mem­bers,” said Jones. “We ap­pre­ci­ate those that came be­fore us. Thank you.”

DAve mAthiesoN – Amherst News

David Ral­ston (cen­tre) was re­cently rec­og­nized for 40 years of ac­tive ser­vice at the Amherst Fire De­part­ment by fire chief Greg Jones and Bill Casey, MP for Cum­ber­land-Colch­ester-Musquodoboit.

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