Lt. Richard Reedel (middle), Fire Chief Marc Norris (left) and Mayor Ed Mayne, right. Reedel was presented with the federal Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal in recognition of 20 years in the Canadian fire service by Norris at the Dec. 20, 2021, Parksville city council meeting. (City of Parksville Facebook photo)

Lt. Richard Reedel (middle), Fire Chief Marc Norris (left) and Mayor Ed Mayne, right. Reedel was presented with the federal Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal in recognition of 20 years in the Canadian fire service by Norris at the Dec. 20, 2021, Parksville city council meeting. (City of Parksville Facebook photo)

Parksville fire department lieutenant presented with 20-year exemplary service medal

Lt. Richard Reedel receives medal at Dec. 20 Parksville city council meeting

At the Monday, Dec. 20, Parksville city council meeting, Lt. Richard Reedel of the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) was presented with the federal Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, in recognition of 20 years in the Canadian fire service.

Fire Chief Marc Norris of the PVFD said Reedel first joined the fire service in 2000 while in Coomb-Hilliers, where he spent 12 years, before moving to the Errington Volunteer Fire Department and then finally the Parksville department.

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“Richard is a great leader in the fire department. He’s also got a good technical proficiency. Excellent trainer. And good on scenes. It is my distinct pleasure to present you with the 20-year federal exemplary service medal,” said Norris.

Mayor Ed Mayne said: “Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough when we talk to all the firefighters, but especially when it’s a firefighter that’s been around for 20 years. Congratulations. And on behalf of the city council and the City of Parksville, we appreciate what you do for us.”

mandy.moraes@pqbnews.com

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