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Firefighters honoured for work in Slave Lake blaze

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Nov. 27, 2013 - Slave Lake Fire Chief Jamie Coutts, left, was in Calgary Wednesday afternoon at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame to present medals of appreciation to Calgary firefighters, mechanics, dispatchers and non-uniform staff for their contributions to the command and suppression efforts during the May 2011 fire that was swept by high winds and destroyed more than 400 homes and businesses. Calgary Deputy Chief Len MacCharles (centre) acted as incident commander for a considerable part of the fire fight while Redwood Meadows Chief Rob Evans worked dispatch. (Evans, a volunteer chief, works as a full-time dispatcher for Calgary.) About 1,000 medals have been handed out to firefighters and others who made a difference during the fire.

November 27, 2013
By Olivia D'Orazio