Sooke Fire rescue honours its best

Several firefighters and support personnel were honoured by Sooke Fire Rescue at its annual awards night

Several firefighters and support personnel were honoured by Sooke Fire Rescue at its annual banquet and awards night last Saturday.

Firefighter of the year honours went to Chris Daoust.

Officer of the year was Lt. Cam Norris-Jones, while recruit firefighter of the year was awarded to Serrano Manolo.

Kel Phair was named Support Services Volunteer of the Year, and the Emergency Support Services of the Year was the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program, which includes Ron Bilinsky, Emily Lock, Les Haddad and Joan Harwood.

Five year service awards for Sooke Emergency Social Services went to Patricia Baye, Glenda and Ron Bilinsky, Shauna Davis, Julia Schutt, Les Haddad and Emily Lock.

Sooke Fire Rescue honoured several firefighters with years of service awards, too.

Five-year: Duane Cutrell and Fred Parker.

10-year: John Hester, Neil Stanley and Bob Hudson.

15-year: John Maclean.

The banquet also honoured former chief Steve Sorensen, who retired this year.