On October 10, the Quebec government paid tribute to 29 firefighters from the Intermunicipal Fire Department of Deux-Montagnes / Sainte- Marthe-sur-le-Lac as part of the National Firefighters Recognition Day. These heroes from the Deux-Montagnes / Sainte- Marthe-sur-le-Lac region were awarded the Medal for Meritorious Act for their intervention during the rupture of the dike of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, on the evening of April 27, 2019.
Although this team of 29 firefighters is among the winners of the 2020 edition, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Security, Ms. Geneviève Guilbault, paid tribute this year to the leadership and bravery they demonstrated during this exceptional intervention. Note that the 2020 official recognition ceremony did not take place due to the pandemic.
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The team of 29 fire fighters and executives from the intermunicipal fire safety service of Deux-Montagnes / Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-lac recipients of the medal for meritorial act are: Director Norbert Vendette, Captain Steve Charron, Captain David Michaud, Bradley Mills, Captain Terrence Whitton, Lieutenants: Brent Martin, Patrice Paquette, Robert Slovick, Louis Viau, Firemen: Mathias Béchiau, Dominic Béland, Jean-François Chartrand-D’Aoust, Éric Clark, Félix Clouette-Laflèche, Philippe Côté, Alexandre Filiatreault, Sébastien Gagnon, Jonathan Gladu, Ryan Kiley, Pierre-Olivier Langlois, Samuel Larochelle, Sébastien Lizotte, Alexandre Longpré, Jean-Luc Martin, Randy Mills, Stewart Mills, Steve Nguyen, Giovanni Pino and Benoît Taillefer
“The intervention of these firefighters on the evening of April 27, 2019 was exceptional. For their speed of intervention, their expertise, the composure they have shown, the empathy they have shown, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the people of Sainte- Marthe-sur-le-Lac ” said the mayor of Deux -Mountains, Denis Martin.
The Intermunicipal Fire Department
The Deux-Montagnes / Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac Intermunicipal Fire Department serves a population of over 37,000 residents and covers an area of approximately 16 square kilometers. Annually, the Fire Safety Service responds to more than 900 calls for intervention on the territory as well as mutual aid in some neighboring towns.
Photo credit: MSP. Last row from left to right: firefighter Jean-François Chartrand-D’Aoust, firefighter Éric Clark, Captain Steve Charron, Lieutenant Robert Slovick, firefighter Sébastien Gagnon and Lieutenant Brent Martin. In the front row, from left to right: firefighter Pierre-Olivier Langlois, firefighter Giovanni Pino and firefighter Stewart Mills