District of Lake Country honours fire chief

The long-standing commitment of two men dedicated to their community’s safety is being recognized

The long-standing commitment of two men dedicated to their community’s safety is being recognized.

Steve Windsor, fire chief for the district of Lake Country since 2004, was recently awarded with a 35-year bar as part of the British Columbia Long Service Medals awarded by the provincial government to recognize the dedication and selflessness with which he has served the community and this province in the protection of life and property.

Windsor’s career in fire service began with the District of Central Saanich in 1976 where he worked through the ranks having achieved the level of captain by the time he moved to the District of North Cowichan in 1989. He served as deputy fire chief until May 2000; following which he took on the role of fire chief with the Pender Island Fire Department until 2003 before becoming Lake Country Fire Department (LCFD) fire chief.

The British Columbia Long Service Medal and British Columbia Long Service Bar are administered by the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

“We really appreciate the dedication of the protective services team,” said Mayor James Baker.

At the same awards ceremony, LCFD firefighter Jim Thompson was presented with the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal bar for 30 years of service. From January 1983 to May 1995 Thompson was a volunteer firefighter with the Oyama Fire Protection District and then from May 1995 to the present he has been a paid-on-call fire fighter with LCFD.

The Exemplary Service Medal is administered by the Chancellery of Canadian Orders and Decorations in Ottawa. The federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions recommend eligible and deserving members of the fire services to the chancellery. Awards are made on behalf of the Queen, by instruments signed by the governor general and are announced in the Canada Gazette. An engraved 30-year bar and certificate of award was presented by Acting Mayor Jamie McEwan and Fire Chief Steve Windsor to Jim Thomson on behalf of the Governor General on Dec. 7.

Lake Country mayor and council as well as district staff are pleased to congratulate Windsor and Thomson on their long-time commitment to fire service.