Springhill search, rescue receive service awards

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SPRINGHILL – Four decades of ground-pounding in all kinds of weather and serving communities near and far were championed at the Springhill Ground Search and Rescue hall.

The Springhill Ground Search and Rescue held its service awards this week, recognizing 21 of its members with medals and pins from the province.

Every five years the organization holds its service awards, and some key members of the organization were recognized for forty years of dedicated volunteerism, joining the organization during its inception: David Harrison, Howard Wilson and Dwight Guthro.

“Thirty, thirty-five years, that’s incredible. Forty years, that’s dedication,” Cumberland RCMP Srgt. Allan Carroll said. “My hat goes off to all of you. I don’t know if I could walk through some of what you go through anymore.”

The service awards opened with team president and search manager Mike MacPherson leading a moment of silence for past members and lives lost during searches the Springhill team has participated in over the past five years, including the Woods brothers of Parrsboro and Amber Kirwan of New Glasgow. It’s not uncommon for the Springhill team, whose primary responsibility is the Cumberland South riding, to participate in searches elsewhere in the province but the lengths they’ll go to help is above the call of duty.

“Springhill is a respected team across the province,” provincial Emergency Management Planning Officer Dominic Fewer said. “When we need a team anywhere in the province, we get people from Springhill. One, two or more, we get people and we can’t say that about every team.”

Locally, the Town of Springhill knows it can call on the search and rescue volunteers for more than just searches, and Mayor Max Snow thanked the volunteers, who recently partnered with correctional officers from the Springhill Institution to assist with traffic control during the Tim Hortons Colour Run in support of Springhill’s elementary schools for the second year in a row.

“I admire what you do,” Snow said. “I watch you as I’ve been stationed as a minister. You’re on the scene all the time, regardless of weather. And if the town needs you, you’re there and I appreciate you for that.”

Members with fifteen years of service received medals from the province, and members with five and ten years experience received pins. Receiving recognition were:

• 40 Years – David Harrison, Howard Wilson, Dwight Guthro

• 35 Years – Brian Guthro, Keith Dowe, Burton Smith

• 30 Years – Mike MacPherson

• 25 Years – Kevin Leuchter

• 20 Years – Rodney Stewart

• 15 Years – Steven Mitchell, Joe Arsenault, Randy Dobson

• 10 Years – Dave Harris, Adam MacNeil

• 5 Years – Tony Dowe, Tim Smith, Terry Mitchell, Earl Gilbert, William Murray, Justin Dobson, Christopher Gooding and Ken Brownell.

The Springhill Ground Search and Rescue meets on the first Sunday of the month.

Organizations: Springhill Institution

Geographic location: Parrsboro, New Glasgow, Cumberland South

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  • Silas
    May 08, 2014 - 10:25

    These guys deserve a lot of credit for what they do. Imagine doing a dirty job for 40 years for free. Searchers, firemen, red cross...these are people who make huge sacrifices to help people they don't even know. Should be rewarded with more than just a medal or pin.