Back in June, the community of Outlook put a spotlight on its local firefighters with a special banquet and an evening aimed at showing their appreciation for all that they do.
Last week, that appreciation continued, this time coming from the Province of Saskatchewan as past and present members of the Outlook Fire Department who’ve put in many years serving their community and helping to protect it received some very special recognition.
On Tuesday morning, October 2 in Saskatoon, eight former/current members of the department were among the latest recipients of the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal.
The recipients included Larry Baxter, Calvin Clark, Hank Halseth, George King, Lyndon Larson, Robert Larson, Bob Reid, and Ross Derdall, who was unable to attend the ceremony, but received his medal when the crew arrived back in town and paid him a visit at home. Joining the honorees to show their support for the momentous occasion was current fire chief Dalas King and deputy chief Luke Lockhart.
The men were presented with the prestigious honor by Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy and Provincial Secretary Nadine Wilson. The medal honours personnel with 25 years of service in Saskatchewan in the emergency services field, including police services, fire services, emergency medical services, federal and provincial corrections and the Canadian Forces.
“The men and women we honour today have continuously put the lives and well-being of others ahead of their own,” Wilson said in a release. “Their courageous dedication has made an impact on communities across the province and I thank them for their service.”
Another local fireman, fire chief Gregg Orban of Dinsmore, also received the medal.
This year, the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal is being presented to a total of 113 individuals from rural and urban communities across the province. The medals will be awarded at two ceremonies, one in Saskatoon and another on October 16 in Regina.
Recipients receive a circular medal surmounted by the St. Edward’s Crown. The medal bears the motto ‘Qui civitatem tuentur’, which translates to, ‘Who guard the citizenry’.
For more information about the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal, including how to submit a nomination, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.