Municipal volunteers were celebrated at a volunteer appreciation night at the Merrickville Legion last Wednesday evening. The evening went very well, with over 80 attendees. Both those who volunteer on the municipal committees, and volunteer fire fighters, were invited to attend. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do at the municipality without the help of volunteers,” CAO John Regan says. “It is very important to take time to recognize those who give their time to make our community a better place.”
A couple of special honours were given out at the event. Volunteer fire fighters, Chris Hansen and Gary Crawford, were given a bar to add to their 25-year medal to mark 30 years of service with the Merrickville Fire Department. Fire fighter, Ron Eagle, is also receiving his 30-year bar this year, but was unable to attend the celebration.
Fire Chief Mark Urquhart says the Merrickville Fire Department is very fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers. Volunteer fire fighters give up time at work and with their families to be able to respond to a call for service at a moment’s notice. “There is no greater service to a community than that of a volunteer fire fighter,” Mark says.