Four decades of fighting fires

Raissa Tetanish
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Firefighters from the River Hebert department were honoured for their years of service at their annual banquet on May 14. Those recognized were (from left) Terry Stone with 20 years, Stephen Chapman and Allan White with 30, Roy Wilson with 20, Burton Wood and Gordon Spence with 30, and Bernell Comeau with 40. Raissa Tetanish - The Citizen

RIVER HEBERT - Only once in his 40 years of fighting fires did Bernell Comeau fear for his life.

“There was a fire on the main road. A house was on fire and we had to get on the roof of the barn to get to it,” said Comeau after receiving recognition from the River Hebert Fire Department for four decades of service.

“There was only one way to get down and someone took the ladder from us.

“Then the barn started to burn.”

Comeau said he and his fellow firefighters called for help, but there was only one way to get down when no one came.

So they jumped and landed into a manure pile.

The fire department honoured Comeau last weekend in its annual banquet. There were six others that were honoured - some for 20 years of service and others for 30.

(For the full story, see the May 21 issue of The Citizen)

Organizations: River Hebert Fire Department, The Citizen

Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT

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