YCFD members receive provincial and federal medals
This November, a number of YCFD’s members were recognized for their hard work and dedication to protecting Yellowhead County’s communities.
The Yellowhead County Fire Department (YCFD) is nothing without the dedicated men and women who proudly call themselves members. To date, our legacy of service has spanned many years and has seen hundreds of members of all creeds.
That’s why we’re proud to recognize our milestones and the people behind them. This November, a number of our members were awarded medals that demonstrate their commitment to protecting our county’s communities.
We’re proud to recognize the following members:
• Jeremy Clark, Awarded the 12 year Emergency Services Medal. • Leslie Schatz, Awarded the 12 year Emergency Services Medal. • John Frank, Awarded the 20 year Emergency Services Medal. • Jay Lowe, Awarded the 20 year Emergency Services Medal. • Alfred Adam, Awarded the 30 year Exemplary Service Medal. • Thomas Heidler, Awarded the 30 year Exemplary Service Medal.
Albert Bahri, Director of Protective Services for Yellowhead County, was also among those recognized (awarded the 30 year Exemplary Service Medal), but he modestly quips, “Truthfully. It’s just a testament to the fact that I’m getting old!”
Albert chuckles and reiterates that although positive recognition is good, he’s not in it for the awards: “It’s the greatest job in the world, and at its core, it’s about protecting our communities—that’s what matters most to me, to YCFD.”
And Albert knows the score when it comes to protective services, having, as he puts it “caught the bug” early in his life. And it’s gone around in his family: Albert’s brother-in-law, sister, wife, son, and nephew all play a role in the field of protective services. His own skill and knowledge is borrowed from 30 years as a paramedic, 34 as a firefighter, and 34 in emergency management.
“I came to YCFD to be a part of a great team,” Albert echoes, “And I couldn’t have found a better home—from our state-of-the art apparatus and equipment, to our fantastic people.”
So what is it that makes YCFD different? Albert looks to an honest adage from his past to answer that question: “My high school football coach used to say, ‘Some of you are here to play football. Some of you are football players.’” Here, Albert pauses and proudly declares: “All of our members are football players.”
The distinction rings true:
It’s selfless dedication and professionalism that sets YCFD apart, and we’re proud to have our members recognized with Exemplary Service Medals. Wondering how you can make a difference and train among the best? Apply to become a volunteer paid-on-call firefighter today. Hesitant or nervous? “It’s easier than you think,” notes Albert, “You’d be surprised what you can do when you remove ‘can’t’ from your vocabulary!”
Below, Albert Bahri.
Top right, Jeremy Clark. Centre right, Leslie Schatz. Bottom right, Thomas Heidler.