YCFD mem­bers re­ceive pro­vin­cial and fed­eral medals

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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!”

Pho­tos:

Be­low, Al­bert Bahri.

Top right, Jeremy Clark. Cen­tre right, Les­lie Schatz. Bot­tom right, Thomas Hei­dler.

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