Seven Fort St. John firefighters were recognized for a collective 70 years of service to the city on Tuesday.
Firefighters James Grant, Matt Crompton, and Stephen Beard were each awarded for 15 years of service.
According to the city, Grant was born and raised in Gaspe, Quebec, and started with the Fort St John Fire Department in 1997 as a volunteer. In 2006, he was hired on full-time, and in 2016 became a lieutenant. Grant received a Commendations Award from the BC Fire Commissioners Office in 2005, along with three of his fellow firefighters, for rescuing a woman from a burning apartment, the city noted.
Crompton, born and raised in Terrace, started as a full-time firefighter in 2006, and became a Lieutenant in 2016. He has been involved with the firefighters’ union executive since 2008, first as a secretary and becoming president in 2014.
Beard began his career with the city in 2006, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2019. He has been the treasurer for the firefighters’ union for 13 years.
Firefighter Adam Horst was awarded for 10 years of service. Horst started as a volunteer in 2008 and was hired full time in 2016. He was recently elected vice-president of the union, and has worked hard to grow the Firefighters Charitable Society, the city noted.
Firefighters Brandon Moore, Jayden Ockenden, and Leo Sullivan were each awarded for their five years of service.
Moore was born and raised in Kelowna, and started with the department full-time in 2016. Since then, the city said his passion for training and maintaining equipment has been an asset to the department’s fleet.
Ockenden grew up in the Okanagan and moved to Fort St. John in 2016 when he was hired by the department. He was recently elected a union trustee and serves on the Firefighters Charitable Society board.
Sullivan moved to Fort St. John when he was 19, working in the service industry and then as a wildland firefighter for the BC Forest Service for 11 years before joining the city fire department in 2016. He is the community safety co-ordinator in charge of developing and organizing the city’s emergency management program and educating residents about being fire smart and prepared for an emergency. Sullivan has also been involved in the Firefighters Charitable Society for the past four years, starting as secretary and then becoming president.
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