The brother and sisterhood of Charlottetown’s fire department was in full
force at the Charlottetown Firefighter’s Ball on Saturday night.
A crowd of about 300 gathered to celebrate the fire department and several
of its members at the sixth annual awards ceremony at the Charlottetown
Retiring volunteer firefighter John Squarebriggs was recognized for 52 years
of service with the department, which he said started as a way to give back
to the community.
His service grew to be much more, he said.
“It becomes a second family to you really and enjoyable protecting property, people¹s living and serving the community as well,” said Squarebriggs
Also honoured were retired chief engineer Grant Crockett for 45 years of
service, retired firefighter Ernie Barrett for 31 years of service and
retired captain Glydon Dennis for 23 years of service.
Lieutenant Jamie Lewis, fire prevention officer Cindy MacFadyen and
firefighters Scott Gregory, Jim Mooney and Jim Rhynes were awarded 20-year provincial service medals.
The evening was a strong indicator of the special bond between the
firefighter fraternity built upon loyalty, dedication and honour, said Fire
Chief Randy MacDonald.
“This special relationship helps all firefighters to go above and beyond
their call,” said MacDonald.