Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue hands out the hardware

MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard on hand to present awards at the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet

Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue held its 2017 Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 27.

This event honours the members that have completed training and have excelled as firefighters.

The awards portion of the evening commenced with Area C director, Edwin Grieve from the Comox Valley Regional District presenting Firefighter Level 2 certificates to Ian and Nicole Emery.

Strathcona Regional District Area D director, Brenda Leigh presented a Fire Officer 1 certificate to Martyn Thomas, a Fire Officer 3 certificate to Chris Murray, and an Emergency Management certificate to Bruce Green.

MLA Ronna Rae Leonard presented Above and Beyond certificates to Chris Murray, Martyn Thomas, Janet Marriott, Karl Neufeld, Nicole Emery, Amanda Voeltz, Jeff Caring, Chris Chambers, Julia Blake, Heidi Fuerste, Roger Horobetz, Neil McCredie, Chris Hounsell, Ross Squire and Ian Emery for their help in the interior battling the wildfires of 2017.

She also presented Len Apedaile with his Federal Exemplary Services Medal for 20 years of service, and the Provincial Long Service Bar to Jake Nickel for 35 years of service.

To conclude the awards portion of the evening, Deputy Chief Chris Murray presented firefighter Tim O’Malley with the Rookie of the Year award and Fire Chief Bruce Green and Mrs. Rose Carnie presented firefighters Jeff Caring and Chris Chambers with the Bill Carnie Memorial Firefighter of the Year trophy.