At this year’s Salmo Volunteer Fire Department Annual General Meeting (AGM), Mayor White handed out two Governor General Fire Services Exemplary Service Medals to two 20-year veterans of the department, Fire Chief David Hearn and Fire Captain Jason McNeil.

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 29, 1985, honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service, ten years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and were employed on or after the date of creation of the Medal. Exemplary service is characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

They each received a circular medal, on the obverse of which is a stylized maple leaf bearing a fire hydrant with cross axes, and which is circumscribed with “EXEMPLARY SERVICE” and on the reverse of which is the Royal Cipher. The medal is suspended from a ribbon of five equal stripes, two gold and three red.