A Lake Country firefighter has received provincewide recognition.
Lt. Michael Gesi has been presented with a B.C. Long Service Award.
“The dedication shown by all members of the Lake Country Fire Department should be recognized,” said Mayor James Baker.
“They are the first responders providing assistance to those at risk due to fire, motor vehicle accident, medical emergency, not to mention ice, open water and cliff rescue. We appreciate them very much.”
Gesj started his career in firefighting with the Township of Langley, where he was a volunteer firefighter for 20 years. He has spent the past five years as a volunteer firefighter in Lake Country.
B.C. Long Service Medals are awarded by the provincial government to individuals who have completed at least 25 years of paid or volunteer fire service.
Lake Country has also presented various awards to recognize honourary members with 10 or more years of service, five years of service, and completion of the first year of service.
New recruits were acknowledged, and firefighters with the best attendance to emergency call outs and practices for each of the stations in Winfield (Karl Featherstone), Oyama (Jim Thomson) and Carr’s Landing (Shaun Reed), were recognized.
A firefighter of the year award was presented to one member of each station as recognition from their peers for service above and beyond the normal call of duty (Glen Gregory – station 71; Brian Toering – station 81; and Ryan Murdain – station 91).