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Oyster River Fire Department honours outstanding firefighters

Janet Marriott was presented the Bill Carnie Memorial Firefighter of the Year trophy. - Photo submitted
Janet Marriott was presented the Bill Carnie Memorial Firefighter of the Year trophy.
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Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue held their Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 18.

This event is held to honour the members that have completed training and have excelled as firefighters.

The awards portion of the evening commenced with Edwin Grieve, chair of the Comox Valley Regional District and the Area C representative on the board, presenting Firefighter II certificates to fire fighters Janet Marriott and Karl Neufeld, Fire Officer I certificates to Lieutenant Chris Murray and Fire Chief Niels Holbek and a Fire Officer III certificate to Deputy Chief Bruce Green.

Local MLA and Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, Don McRae, was next to present fire fighter Ross Squire and Captain Len Johansen federal Exemplary Service medals for 20 years of service. He also presented Deputy Chief Bruce Green with the provincial Long Service medal for his 25 years service to the community.

Deputy Chief Bruce Green presented firefighter Dave Carmichael with the Rookie of the Year award.  The awards portion of the evening concluded with Fire Chief Niels Holbek and Rose Carnie presenting fire fighter Janet Marriott with the Bill Carnie Memorial Firefighter of the Year trophy.

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