Se­cret Santa cel­e­brates BVFD fire­fight­ers

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - BAD­DECK

For the past four Christ­mases, a gen­er­ous some­one has been pulling out all the stops for the Bad­deck Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

The de­part­ment’s “Se­cret Santa” wishes their iden­tity to re­main un­der wraps, only wish­ing to re­ward those who serve self­lessly.

“As long as there is a Santa, there will be a trib­ute to the good men, and hope­fully women one day, of the BVFD,” a source told The Stan­dard.

This year, Se­cret Santa pro­vided a prime rib roast and chicken din­ner with all the fix­ings pre­pared by the Keltic Lodge’s Cape Bre­ton-born Chef Daryl Macdon­nell. Each fire­fighter also re­ceived a box of choco­lates, a $50 gift cer­tifi­cate to the Vic­to­ria Farm­ers Coop and a per­sonal note of thanks.

“Fire­fight­ers never ex­pect to be thanked and are al­ways sur­prised when they are,” said BVFD Fire Fighter / Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Dan Chi­as­son.

There was much to cel­e­brate at the de­part­ment’s an­nual Christ­mas gath­er­ing held on Dec.8 at the Bad­deck Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Dan Chi­as­son and Sandy Watling were each pro­moted to the rank of Elf 2nd Class by the elu­sive Mr. Claus and proudly donned their brand new elf uni­forms.

The de­part­ment’s long­est serv­ing mem­ber (55 years) Bobby Buchanan cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day with a cake. A man of few words, Buchanan spoke of his love for the de­part­ment dur­ing his speech.

Four re­tired mem­bers re­ceived plaques in recog­ni­tion of their ex­em­plary long ser­vice: Reg Wyer (43 years), Dan Neil Shaw (48 years), Jim Bradley (38 years) and Win­ston Cameron (48 years).

Fire­fighter Fin­ley Beaton is re­lo­cat­ing to Prince Ed­ward Is­land with wife Dr. Emily Beaton. His col­leagues pre­sented him with a sports jacket and the re­flec­tive name plate from his bunker gear as me­men­tos.

The de­part­ment thanks Nancy Chi­as­son for her work in dec­o­rat­ing the com­mu­nity cen­tre for the cel­e­bra­tion.

The de­part­ment cur­rently has 22 ac­tive mem­bers. Danny Mor­ri­son and Ja­cob Wad­den are the new­est re­cruits.

Mem­bers of the Bad­deck Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment cel­e­brate dur­ing their an­nual Christ­mas Din­ner. Front row, L-R: Har­vey Mc­fad­gen, Dan Neil Shaw (re­tired), Jim Bradley (re­tired) Shane Mac­far­lane, Bobby Buchanan, Win­ston Cameron (re­tired), Reg Wyer (re­tired).miss­ing from pic­ture: An­drew Mac­don­ald, Lee Nor­man, Hugh Mun­roe, Derek Mac­far­lane, Michael Ma­clean. Back Row, L-R: Matt Samp­son, Scott Wil­liamson, Doug Ronne, Fin­ley Beaton (leav­ing), Dar­ren Ma­caulay, Scott Buchanan, Dave (Hoss) Buchanan, Dan Mor­ri­son (new mem­ber), Jared Kaiser, Elf 2nd Class Sandy Watling. Mid­dle row, L-R: Elf 2nd Class Dan Chi­as­son, Charles Gar­land, Ja­cob Wad­den (new mem­ber), Kevin Gar­land, Jonathan Ma­clean. Photo by Nancy Chi­as­son.

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