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Thursday October 9th, 2014

Posted at 10:00am

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Left to right: Mark Bosse, Deputy Fire Chief Rick Malott, Brent Mackey, Walter Howson, Kevin Fram, Randy Reaume, Rick Desjardins, Fire Chief Ed Pillon, Rick Bonneau, Mayor Ron McDermott, Gary Smith.

Eight volunteer firefighters from the Town of Essex have been recognized for their long-term dedication to Essex Fire and Rescue.

Receiving federal government medals for 20 years of service were Mark Bosse, Walter Howson, Kevin Fram, and Brent Mackey.

Receiving both federal and provincial recognition were Randy Reaume and Gary Smith for 30 years of service, and Rick Bonneau and Rick Desjardins for 35 years of service.

Long service recognition for emergency services personnel is coordinated through the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office. Provincial recognition begins with 25 years of service and repeats every 5 years thereafter. Federal recognition begins with 20 years of service and repeats every 10 years thereafter.

“The commitment of our Essex firefighters is exceptional,” says Fire Chief Ed Pillon. “We sincerely commend them for their dedication to Essex Fire and Rescue, and we also want to recognize their families. Strong family support is critical to ensuring that firefighters are available, whenever needed, to deal with fire or rescue emergencies.”

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