St. Lawrence fire­fight­ers hon­oured at an­nual recog­ni­tion event

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY CYN­THIA FAR­RELL ST. LAWRENCE, N.L.

The St. Lawrence Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment hosted its 55th an­nual fire­fighter’s ball Satur­day, Nov. 24 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Par­ish Hall.

Twenty de­part­ment mem­bers were rec­og­nized and con­grat­u­lated on their ef­forts in mak­ing the com­mu­nity a safe place to live.

“Thank you for all you do — be­ing there when needed, pro­vid­ing an es­sen­tial ser­vice and the hours of train­ing re­quired to carry out your work,” said em­cee Mayor Paul Pike. “We as a coun­cil ex­press our grat­i­tude to you for giv­ing your all and to your fam­i­lies who sup­port your de­sire to help and pro­tect your com­mu­nity in their very un­selfish and sig­nif­i­cant role.”

Fire Chief Daryl Doyle was rec­og­nized for his 10 years as head of the de­part­ment.

In his re­marks Doyle re­minded the pub­lic to look, lis­ten and learn.

“This slo­gan re­minds us to look for places fire can start, lis­ten for the sound of the smoke alarm and learn two ways out of each room ... very im­por­tant not only in our

homes but our place of work,” he said.

Doyle thanked the fire­fight­ers and their fam­i­lies for their sup­port, as well as the mayor and coun­cil­lors, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, lo­cal busi­nesses, gen­eral pub­lic and com­mu­nity groups. He thanked his mem­bers for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the school break­fast pro­gram and for their dili­gence and hard work in rais­ing funds for their new 2018 Ford F250 pickup truck. This truck was made pos­si­ble through the shared fund­ing of the Town of St. Lawrence and the fire de­part­ment. They worked clean­ing scrap cop­per do­nated by Canada Fluorspar Inc. and then sold.

Mon­e­tary donations were pro­vided to the mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy cam­paign, Janeway telethon and the lo­cal health foun­da­tion ra­dio­thon.

The chief com­mented on the train­ing the St. Lawrence fire­fight­ers do out­side their weekly in-house ses­sions, which in­cluded St. John Am­bu­lance First Re­spon­ders train­ing, an in­struc­tors course for de­fen­sive fire­fight­ing and the con­fined space res­cue course.

“These cour­ses and ma­te­rial make us more pre­pared and equipped and gives us the tools to keep our com­mu­nity and our­selves safe,” Doyle said. “I en­cour­age all you fire­men to take ad­van­tage of all the con­tin­u­ous train­ing cour­ses there is of­fered through­out the year.”

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