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Six firefighters honoured for service in Thorne

The Thorne Fire Department held their annual Fireman’s Ball on Aug. 11 at the TCRA Hall in Ladysmith. The event was bittersweet, as several members of the department were honoured with medals and Chief Dan Ladouceur announced he would be stepping back from the top job after four years.
The Danny Sylvestre Band returned to the TCRA Hall on Saturday night to play another fireman’s ball for the Thorne Department.

CALEB NICKERSON
LADYSMITH Aug. 11, 2018
The TCRA Hall in Ladysmith was packed on Saturday night to honour the local fire department and their contribution to the community.
The event is one of the Thorne department’s biggest fundraisers every year and Chief Dan Ladouceur explained that each year they try to make upgrades to the department’s equipment.
“We didn’t talk about [anything] specifically, of course we always purchase equipment,” he said. “Probably a few bunker suits, that’s for sure. We have some new firemen, and they’re about $2,500 a [suit].”
Six firefighters were honoured with the Governor General’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal for their time in the department. The award is given to those who have served with distinction for more than 20 years, with a gold bar being added to the medal for each additional decade served.

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