Guelph firefighters being honoured for years of service

Guelph, ON, June 26, 2014 – Tonight, the Ontario Fire Marshal will be presenting Fire Services Long Service Medals to nine Guelph firefighters.

The medal, instituted in 1971, recognizes fire service personnel who have committed a minimum of 25 years of service to their communities.

Receiving a medal at tonight’s Investiture are Deputy Chief John Osborne, Firefighter Greg Raynard, Firefighter Dave Hambly, Captain Ron Head, Captain Mark Hoffman, Captain Al Farquharson, Captain Robert Fell, Captain Ken Standring, and Firefighter Sven Christensen.

This year’s recipients represent more than 225 years of service excellence contributing to an accredited professional fire service.


Ontario Fire Services Long Service Medal ceremony


Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management
Jim Jessop, Deputy Fire Marshal, Emergency Management
Shawn Armstrong, General Manager/Fire Chief, Guelph Emergency Services
Dave Carruthers, President, Fire Fighters’ Association of Ontario


Hanlon Convention Centre
340 Woodlawn Road, Guelph


Thursday, June 26, 2014
6 p.m.

About the Ontario Fire Services Long Service Medal

The medal is worn on the left breast subordinate to Canadian or British decorations. Suspended from a red, white and green ribbon, the circular medal bears on the obverse the Maltese cross, with the coat of arms of Ontario superimposed and the inscription ‘Fire Services Ontario’. The inscription ‘For Long Service the Fire Protection and Prevention Act’ appears on the reverse.

Besides the medal, recipients are also presented with a citation, which includes their name and the signature of the Fire Marshal of Ontario.

For more information

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager/Fire Chief
Emergency Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2125

Gina Pontikas
Information Coordinator
Public Fire Safety Education
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management