CHESTERVILLE — Outgoing Mountain Fire Chief Scott Patterson was specially feted at the Township of North Dundas’s annual fire service awards Saturday evening at the Chesterville Legion, Oct. 22.
Patterson, recently retired and replaced by his former deputy, Ray Sherrer, joined the Mountain Fire Department as an outgrowth of his volunteerism helping friends and neighbours during the 1998 Ice Storm. In 2008, he stepped into the position of chief when his predecessor resigned in 2008.
Sherrer lauded his colleague for his “calm disposition,” adding that Patterson’s “leadership and professionalism will be greatly missed.”
Serving as emcee for the event, North Dundas Fire Commissioner Al Armstrong offered similar commendation to the outgoing chief.
The North Dundas Fire Department has about 100 volunteer members, including at least three female firefighters.
In an annual tradition, the evening’s ceremonies saw service pins awareded to North Dundas firefighters who had reached milestone years of service — five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. Governor General and provincial awards went to those individuals at or surpassing the 20-year mark: Mountain Chief Ray Sherrer, Winchester Chief Dan Kelly, and retired firefighters Clayton Armstrong were all in that category (although Kelly and Armstrong were technically well past 20 years).
Recognized for 25 years of service were Chesterville’s Dave Lannin and John Thompson. Most of the other recipients are indicated in a group shot contained in the gallery below.
See the video below for Scott Patterson’s speech, and words of thanks offered to him by North Dundas Fire Commissioner Al Armstrong.