On Oct. 24, the Fort St. James Fire Dept. recognised
those who have serviced and dedicated their
time in helping make a difference within the community.
The awards dinner, held at the Fire Dept. was a
huge success. Close to fi fty members, spouses and
Michael Navratil, current fi re chief, remembers
those before him.
“Jim Wasylenko was fi re chief until 2003. Jim
was instrumental in building this department and
much of what he developed we are still using today,”
Waslenko as well as others were honoured for
their dedication and contribution to the Dept.
Pete Panesar, received an award for 25 years
of service to the Dept. as a volunteer. He is also
the fi rst recipient of the Fort St. James Key to the
City given by Mayor, Rob MacDougall. Prior to the
evening Panesar was also recognised nationally for
having received the Governor General of Canada
award for 20 years of service exemplary medal.
Others who received service awards that evening
Harry Millsap – 5 years
Brian Schnepf – 10 years
Don Fraser – 10 years
Mark Rivard – 10 years
Robert Hughes – 10 years
John Bennison – 10 years
Steve Karey – 10 years
Doug Hearn – 20 years