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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Calgary Fire Department Celebrates 20 Years of the Kevin Brown Memorial Award

After almost three decades of saving lives, Calgary Fire Fighter, Captain Brad MacNeil, has be awarded the Kevin Brown Memorial Award.

The Kevin Brown Memorial Award is peer-nominated and given to an outstanding member of the Calgary Fire Department’s Aquatic Rescue Team.

This is the 20th year the award has been given.

Kevin Brown was a recreational diver who passed away while practicing diving at Ghost Lake on April 24, 1991. The Brown family was overwhelmed by the professionalism shown by the Calgary Fire Department's Aquatic Rescue Team through the recovery operation and wanted to make a lasting donation to the Department, which resulted in the development of the Kevin Brown Memorial Award.

Macneil was a part of the recovery efforts in Ghost Lake in 1991.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the award, the Insurance Bureau of Canada has also donated a rapid deployment craft,which will play an integral role with the more than 400 aquatic resues a year.

The new boat gives the rescue team five rapid deployment crafts at their disposal.

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