Three Quinte West emergency responders hailed for heroic actions

Three emergency services workers in Quinte West have received well-deserved recognition for their heroic efforts in a daring rescue last month.

Fire Chief John Whelan, Fire Captain Perry Holland, and OPP Provincial Constable Dan Charland all were honoured at Monday evening’s virtual council meeting for their actions in saving a man’s life in a residential structure fire.

The three men rescued an elderly man trapped inside a dwelling at Sunny Creek Estates in the early afternoon of November 16, by kicking in the doors and pulling him out of the residence, which was filled with smoke.

Mayor Jim Harrison, along with OPP Inspector Christina Reive and Deputy Chief Rick Caddick, presented each first responder with a certificate and pin, thanking them for their quick response and life-saving action.

Council heaped praise on the three men, with Coun. David McCue calling them heroes.

“We thank them for what they do and we appreciate it. They went above and beyond the call of duty,” he said.

“To all our members of our professional services in the city of Quinte West, they would all step up and do the same thing if the situation called for it. We are in good hands.”


"Quinte West is the best and these are three good examples of it."


On behalf of all three responders, Whelan was appreciative of the honour and modestly described the rescue as a “team effort by everybody.”

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