ALEXANDRIA, Ontario – Local firefighters were recognized for their devotion and sacrifice to the community on Saturday, Nov. 30 during the annual North Glengarry Firefighter Service Recognition Dinner, held at the Metcalfe Centre in Maxville.
The event celebrated nine new recruits to the force this year, marking a strong addition, including the fresh faces of Randall Mohammed, Shayne Smith, Matthew Abraham, Jessy Warnock, Blake McDonell, Cody McDonald, Ryan Arkinstall, Jeffrey Beaudin and Lisa Kyer. The event also honoured and recognized the various accomplishments of six retirees, including Fire Chief Patrick Gauthier, Senior Fire Prevention Officer Eric Hurtubise, Sean McCormick, Donald Dashney, Adam St. Denis and Senior Captain Simon Hardy.
“Firefighters serve as the backbone of our community. They sacrifice sleep, family and safety to help others. They run towards fire when everyone else is running away. They are our neighbours, friends and coworkers and this event represents an opportunity for us to thank them,” said Jamie MacDonald, Mayor of North Glengarry.
“The North Glengarry Fire Department has undergone significant changes over the past few years. Modernization initiatives and the vision of our senior staff in the fire department have made it stand out as a model for others,” said North Glengarry’s Deputy Mayor Carma Williams, who assisted in the recognition ceremony.