Nine firefighters from the Calgary Fire Department were recognized for their distinguished service, among 32 heroes from across Southern Alberta.
“I’m proud to help honour members of Alberta’s fire services who are willing to put themselves at risk to help others,” said Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “The dedication and commitment shown by our fire services exemplifies public service and Albertans are very fortunate that so many individuals unselfishly put their own safety at risk to respond when we need them.”
The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, The Honourable Donald S. Ethell presented the awards. In attendance along with distinguished firefighters were fire service leaders from fire agencies and government leaders.
“I am proud of all of the recipients for their hard work, dedication and service to Albertans,” says Fire Chief Bruce Burrell. “These recipients have made incredible sacrifices throughout their careers for the safety of others, and I commend them for their efforts.”
The awards were established in 1985 by Her Majesty The Queen, and the Medal is gold with red ribbon embossed with a Maltese Cross, crossed axes, and a fire hydrant against a maple leaf background. It is awarded for 20, 30 and 40 years of exemplary service and worn on special occasions and parade days by firefighters.