WALLACE, N.S. - The Wallace and District Volunteer Fire Department was reorganized in 1973. Forty-five years later there are three members who started their service at that time and are still actively involved in the department.
At the annual service awards banquet, held Nov. 17, Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey helped recognize Douglas Gullon, Gerald Langille and Tim Boyd for their 45 years of service.
Joining Casey in honouring the firefighters were Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin and Coun. Lynne Welton.
Also recognized were Bill Walton for 40 years service and Paul Morrow was recognized for 10 years' service. Most of the 30-member strong department attended the evening dinner and awards along with their spouse or guest.
Most of the members of the Wallace Fire Department Auxiliary attended along with the representatives of the fire department members' various employers who were recognized for their part in allowing their staff to leave for emergency calls. Also represented were the neighboring fire departments from Pugwash, Tatamagouche and Wentworth which are often called in to help with larger calls or to stand by at the Wallace Fire Hall in the event another emergency call is received while members are already attending a call.
The delicious roast beef dinner was provided by the Saint Andrew's, Fox Harbour UCW.