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Fort Macleod firefighters to receive exemplary service medals

The province will honour three long-time Fort Macleod firefighters later this week at Red Deer.
Chief Allen Zoeteman, deputy chief Perry Fraser and captain John Mackintosh will receive the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal.
Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell will present the medals Sunday, May 26 during a ceremony at the Westerner Park Prairie Pavilion.
“The exemplary service you have provided to ensure the safety of Albertans and our communities is truly inspirational,” Alberta Fire Commissioner Kevin Jess wrote in a letter to the three firefighters.
Zoeteman, Fraser and Mackintosh were at the May 13 Fort Macleod council meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.
Town of Fort Macleod chief administrative officer Sue Keenan said the medals are well-deserved.
“I truly believe our fire department is one of our biggest assets,” Keenan said.
The three firefighters with some family members sat in the back row of council chambers and appeared reluctant to be in the spotlight.
“They’re a very low-key group,” Keenan said. “they don’t often like to be recognized and are reluctant to come forward.”
Zoeteman has been a firefighter for 25 years. Fraser had served 30 years, and Mackintosh has been with the department for 26 years.
“You guys are an admirable group,” Keenan said.
Fort Macleod Mayor Brent Feyter thanked the firefighters for their service to the community.
“It is something that is admirable beyond words,” Feyter said.
Coun. Werner Dressler agreed.
“Well deserved, boys, well deserved,” Dressler said. “You guys put in a lot of effort and we really appreciate it. it’s nice to see you get the recognition for the work you do.”
Zoeteman downplayed the honour.
“It’s us old guys who get the awards because we’re not ready to quit yet,” Zoeteman said with a laugh.
“But we probably should.”

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