Seven Oak Bay firefighters earned longtime service awards this week.
“I totalled up that amongst them they have 177 years of service,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen prior to handing out the awards Tuesday night. “It’s more than just service. It’s dedication, it’s diligence, it’s protecting our community and for that we are grateful.”
Assistant Fire Chief Cam Thomson earned his 31-year service award; Oak Bay Fire Chief Dave Cockle earned his 30-year award. Awards for 25 years went to Assistant Fire Chief Darren Hughes, Assistant Fire Chief Gord Marshall, Lieutenant Jon Popham. Oak Bay Fire Lieutenant Roger Stewart received a service award for 21 years. Firefighter Kris Malinosky receiving a service award for 20 years of service.
Firefighters who also volunteer with local service organizations and sports clubs alongside going “above and beyond” in their field, Jensen said, reading out short biographies.
“One of the things you’ll see about the background of all of the members that we’re going to recognize tonight is their commitment. Commitment as firefighters, but also commitment to our community. our community wouldn’t be what it is today without the dedication.”