Fire chief also awarded Jubilee medal

Fort Frances Fire Chief Steve Richardson recently joined Crown Attorney Robert “Buster” Young and OPP Cst. Paul Pirie as local recipients of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
“I was very surprised,” Chief Richardson said Monday.
“It was during a special luncheon on Jan. 13,” he noted. “Me and two other district fire co-ordinators were there to discuss some other business, but as it turned out, the luncheon was for this purpose [to receive the medals].
Chief Richardson, as well as Kenora Fire Chief Warren Brinkman and Thunder Bay Fire Chief Joe Kaplanis, were presented with their medals by Doug Crawford, deputy fire marshal of Ontario.
“Personally, I felt it an honour to receive the award,” noted Chief Richardson, adding they were recognized for their work as fire co-ordinators for the Rainy River, Kenora, and Thunder Bay districts.
He said the news of his receiving this honour would have been reported to the Times sooner, but he has spent the past two weeks in Thunder Bay on fire department business.
Mayor Glenn Witherspoon took a few moments to congratulate Fire Chief Richardson during Monday’s council meeting.
Kenora-Rainy River MP Robert Nault was at La Place Rendez-Vous last Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 22) to congratulate Young and Cst. Pirie on receiving their medals.
They were nominated for the medal, which commemorates the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, last year and found out in December that they would be receiving them.
Cst. Pirie has 25 years of community service work under his belt, such as with TVOntario and Northern Community Development Services. He also is a 25-year member of the Monarchists League of Canada.
Young has been a reserve JAG officer for 18 years and holds the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He also is a member of the Victorian Order of Nurses.
Both were awarded the medals for a combination of their public service and civil work.
Recipients of the award must be Canadian citizens, have made a significant contribution to Canada, province, or community, and have been alive on Feb. 6, 2002 for the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.