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Fire Honours Long Service & New Graduates


November 7, 2009 – The Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Service honoured both new and seasoned fire fighters at a Long Service and New Recruit Graduation Ceremony held today at the Thunder Bay & Region Protective and Emergency Services Training Complex.

"Along with the Provincial and Federal Governments, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue takes great pride in being able to recognize the long, faithful service of our honourees today,” said Fire Chief John Hay who led the ceremony at the Thunder Bay & Region Training Complex with participation by MP John Rafferty, Acting Mayor Joe Virdiramo and City Manager Tim Commisso. “The fire fighters receiving medals and bars today represent over 250 years of experience, dedication and service to the citizens of Thunder Bay."

10 members of the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Service received Long Service Awards including:

  • Brian Berringer          25-year medal
  • John Doughty           20-year medal
  • Robert Gashinski      25-year medal
  • Bob Gibson              30-year medal
  • Bob Hodgson           30-year medal
  • Ken Ironside             30-year medal
  • Brian Nieminen         30-year medal
  • Al Schan                  30-year medal
  • Jim Thatcher             30-year medal
  • Craig Venables         20-year medal
  • Bruce Kajorinne        20-year Federal medal
  • Jon Swaggert           25-year Provincial medal 
  • Chris Beaucage       20-year Federal medal

“Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is also proud to welcome eight new 4th Class Firefighters," said Fire Chief Hay. "It's important to recognize the hard work and dedication these individuals have put in to reach this point. We thank each new fire fighter and their families for their commitment to the Fire Service and the citizens of Thunder Bay.”

Chief Hay and Rod Hurdon, Director of Training, presented hats and badges to:

  • Robert Duncan
  • Greg Gibson
  • Tanner Henderson
  • Anthony Hockenhull
  • Kyle Huillery
  • Robert Monchka
  • Timothy Stewart
  • Robert Wark

The new recruits, who completed a rigorous eight week training program, bring the Fire & Rescue Service to 210 personnel.

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Contact:  Rod Hurdon, Director of Training, Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue Service, (807) 625-2479.