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Fire Department Long Service Recognized at Council Meeting by Reg Coffey

South Stormont Council 25Apr12 001

Long Sault – Last night at the scheduled township council meeting the several members of the South Stormont Fire and Emergency Services were recognized for their long terms of service. Of particular notice was the retirement of Deputy Chief Lee Bethune after 25 years of service. A special award was given to Mrs Bethune for her years of support to Chief Bethune’s service.

Lee Bethune

Chief Gilles Crepeau, Mayor Bryan McGillis, Deputy Chief Lee Bethune and Mrs Bethune

The other awards for years of service and are shown in the pictures below.

Jordan Konink

Jordan Konink

Leighton Woods


Leighton Woods

Derek Jodoin

Derek Jodoin

Jeff Waldroff

Jeff Waldroff


Steven Flegg

Off Duty Fire Fighters


A number of recipients of the awards were not available since they were on duty.

Chris Laplante – 15 years of service, Ingleside

Randy Tyo – 10 years of service, Newington

Matthew Barkley – 10 years of service, Ingleside

Pierre Quesnel – 10 years of service, Ingleside

John Montgomery – 25 years of service, Newington

After the council meeting the fire fighters held a reception at the Long Sault Marina restaurant to celebrate the awards and Deputy Chief Bethune’s retirement.

Retirement Cake


The rest of the meeting was dedicated to routine administration reports. During the treasurers report Mayor McGillis asked Treasurer Johanna Barkley to explain the operational debt of the township for clarification. This was an issue that was brought up during the All Candidates Debate at the Lancer Centre on Monday night by Deputy Mayor Hart.


Deputy Mayor Hart’s response to the explanation can be seen at 6:30 mark of the video.