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Penhold firefighters earn long service medals

Award has recognized outstanding emergency services personnel since 2003
MVP Penhold firefighters award 2020
Two members of the Penhold Fire Department have earned the prestigious Alberta Emergency Services Medal. They were recently recognized at town council. From left to right is Fire Lieut. Warren Kitteringham, Firefighter/Fire Insp. Mike Klitch, Fire chief Jim Pendergast and Penhold mayor Mike Yargeau. The award is for 12 years service to Albertans. Submitted photo

PENHOLD – Two of the town’s finest have earned provincial honours for being among the very best in Alberta’s emergency services fraternity.

During town council’s regular meeting earlier this month, Town of Penhold Mayor Mike Yargeau presented the Alberta Emergency Services Medal (AESM) to a pair of skilled firefighters with the 35-member Penhold Fire Department.

Fire Lieut. Warren Kitteringham and firefighter and Fire Insp. Michael Klitch were recognized by the provincial fire commissioner’s office for 12 years of ongoing dedicated service in the protection of Albertans.

The AESM has honoured emergency services personnel across the province since 2003. The award not only honours their longevity, from 12 to 40 years of service, but recognizes the dedication of men and women for their commitment in supporting emergency prevention, preparedness and response in Alberta.

“At any time of the day or night as a firefighter you put your life at risk because you never know when the call is going to come in,” said Penhold Fire Department  Chief Jim Pendergast. “We are extremely proud of them, and hopefully we should probably have one or two more who will get recognized next year.”