Rose Carnie and Chief Niels Holbek present Dave Carmichael with the Bill Carnie Memorial Firefighter of the Year trophy.

Oyster River honours its finest

Event was held to honour the members that have completed training and have excelled as firefighters

Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue held their Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 24.

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

The awards portion of the evening commenced with Deputy Chief Bruce Green and Lieutenant/Training Officer Chris Murray presenting Firefighter II certificates to fire fighters Paul Theriault, Kevin Cowie, Jerry Rippen and Nick Huxham. Fire Chief Niels Holbek presented Deputy Chief Bruce Green with his Fire Officer 4 certificate.

Strathcona Regional District Area D director Brenda Leigh was happy to present long service pins to firefighters Martyn Thomas, Janet Marriott and Kevin Cowie for five years of service, 10 years of service to Paul Theriault and 15 years of service to Lt. Chris Murray.

Edwin Grieve, Area C director from the Comox Valley Regional District, was delighted to present firefighter Paul Drakeley with his federal medal for 20 years of exemplary service. During his 20 years, Drakeley served with the Lang and Lantzville departments and is currently with Oyster River.

Cathy and Paul Drakeley pose with Paul’s federal medal for 20 years of exemplary service.

To conclude the awards portion of the evening, Deputy Chief Bruce Green presented firefighter Jim Flohr with the Rookie of the Year award and Fire Chief Niels Holbek and Rose Carnie presented firefighter Dave Carmichael with the Bill Carnie Memorial Firefighter of the Year trophy.

Deputy Chief Bruce Green presents Jim Flohr with the Rookie of the Year Award