HALTON HILLS, ON – It is ‘service above and beyond the call of duty’. That’s the basis for the Ontario Firefighters’ Medal of Merit as noted by the Fire Fighters’ Association of Ontario. Halton Hills’ firefighters received the prestigious award for their contributions to a 2015 incident that saw five members of the department enter a burning building following multiple calls to 9-1-1 and subsequently rescuing a young boy.
Firefighter Captains Armando Cabral, Rob Quinton, Steve McKnight and Acting Captains Shawn Barnes and Mark Bailey were recognized at Town Council for their service to the community.
“As the former Fire Chief and as the CAO of this organization, I commend these men for their swift actions and decisive teamwork that resulted in the successful rescue of a young child,” said Brent Marshall, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Halton Hills.
Dense, black smoke making visibility near impossible was the backdrop to the successful rescue of a three year old child from a burning home. Support efforts continued long after the rescue as Fire Department staff led a drive to collect clothing, gift cards, home furnishings and toys for the displaced family.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “Firefighters play so many roles from community ambassadors to public education officers but first and foremost is the job they do laying their lives on the line for the safety of others.”
The firefighters received the medals on Saturday, August 4, 2018 during an annual convention hosted this year by the Grand Valley Firefighters Association and The Grand Valley & District Fire Department. In attendance to support the firefighters was former Fire Chief Brent Marshall, former deputy and now Fire Chief Harry Olivieri and Assistant Deputy Chief Bryce Marshall.
Decisions as to the award of the medals are made by a panel that includes representatives from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs of Ontario, the Fire Fighters’ Association of Ontario, and the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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