COMOX, B.C. – Comox firefighters were recognized for their hard work at the department’s annual awards banquet.

Assistant Chief Rick Shelton was honoured for his 35 years of service, as was Assistant Chief Jim Lariviere for his 25 years of service.

Tony Trudel was named Rookie of the Year, while Richard Quinn was named Firefighter of the Year.

Lieutenant Jay Everitt received the Stewart Rennie Memorial Award titled, ‘I Made a Difference’.

Lieutenant Sandy Pridmore received the Kevin Kimler Memorial Memorial Award titled, ‘Above and Beyond’. Comox’s chief Gord Schreiner said he’s fortunate to work with such a great crew.

“I am so proud of all of our members. It takes a very special person to volunteer for anything, let alone to be a firefighter and an even better person to serve for many, many years. We are very demanding of our firefighters and expect a very high level of training and effectiveness from them,” he said in a release.

“We are very fortunately, here in Comox to have such a great group of firefighters assisting our community in so many ways. Our firefighters are our most important asset. Combined our three Chief Officers have over one hundred years of service. We are a successful organization because of all the great people we have within the organization.”

Comox Fire Rescue has five full-time and 50 trained part-time members.