Morden Fire and Rescue unveiled their Wall of Honour on May 9, which displays 46 past members. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)
Morden Fire and Rescue has erected a Wall of Honour.
Fire Chief Andy Thiessen said the wall is an opportunity for the fire service to recognize the work of past members. “It’s a way of saying ‘thank you’ and appreciating what they’ve done,” he said. “The way I explained it to them was they gave us a present and we wrapped it, but we didn’t put a bow on it. This is the bow. It’s a recognition.”
Thiessen said the idea came to be after one of the member’s siblings was on holiday and stopped by a fire hall that had their own honour wall.
“We took that and developed it for us because we thought it was a great idea,” Thiessen said. “What this does is it shows some dedication from past members who have put some time and energy into the community. For us as present members it gives us a face to a name of somebody that was part of our department.”
The wall has 46 faces of members who served over two years, with a plaque displaying how many years they served with Fire and Rescue.
It took about a year to put together, as the service tried to keep its existence a secret from past members.
Morden Fire and Rescue unveiled the wall at their Present and Past Members Dinner on May 9. Thiessen said it was received well by both past and present members. 24 of the 46 on the wall were able to attend the dinner and unveiling. “We had a crowd of those guys standing around [the wall] just looking and reading the names,” Thiessen said. “That brought out stories. I’ve been on this department for over 30 years and some of those stories I didn’t even know.”
Many of the past members on the wall served over 10, with a few serving 30 or more. “There’s a lot of years of experience on that wall,” Thiessen said.
One member died before the wall was unveiled, and Thiessen said they will present his family will the picture.
When present members retire (as long as they stay in the community) their pictures will also be added to the wall. “I hope that we can keep adding to it,” Thiessen said.