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NEWS: Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 7:33 am

Pang firefighters receive Governor-General fire services medals

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal honours long-standing members of Canadian fire departments

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Six long-serving firefighters from the Pangnirtung Fire Department received the Governor General's Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal Oct. 26 in Pangnirtung. From left to right, front: Larry Dialla, Jonah Akulukjuk, Tim Dialla, David Uniukshagak, Norman Nowyook; from left to right, back, Pangnirtung MLA, Hezekiah Oshutapik, Monica Ell, Nunavut's minister of Human Resources, Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut's minister of Community and Government Services, and Sakiasie Sowdluapik, mayor of Pangnirtung. Missing from photo: Robert Dialla. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NUNAVUT)
Six long-serving firefighters from the Pangnirtung Fire Department received the Governor General's Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal Oct. 26 in Pangnirtung. From left to right, front: Larry Dialla, Jonah Akulukjuk, Tim Dialla, David Uniukshagak, Norman Nowyook; from left to right, back, Pangnirtung MLA, Hezekiah Oshutapik, Monica Ell, Nunavut's minister of Human Resources, Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut's minister of Community and Government Services, and Sakiasie Sowdluapik, mayor of Pangnirtung. Missing from photo: Robert Dialla. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NUNAVUT)

Six firefighters from the Pangnirtung fire department received the Governor General’s fire services exemplary service medal Oct. 26 in Pangnirtung.

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal honours members of Canadian fire departments who have completed 20 or more years of service, of which 10 years have been served while performing duties that involve potential risks.

Five firefighters in Pangnirtung received these medals for distinguished service:

•  Larry Dialla, a firefighter with the Pangnirtung fire department, where he has been a member for 20 years and six months;

•  Robert Dialla, a lieutenant with the Pangnirtung fire department, where he has been a member for 23 years and two months;

• Jonah Akulukjuk, a lieutenant with the Pangnirtung fire department, where he has been a member for 24 years and two months;

• Norman Nowyook, a fire captain with the Pangnirtung fire department, where he has been a member for 27 years; and,

• David Uniukshagak, a firefighter, former captain and deputy fire chief with the Pangnirtung fire department, where he has a member for 29 years and eight months.

Timiusie Dialla received his 20-year Fire Services Exemplary Medal in 1987. He received two bars to accompany his medal to mark two more 10-year periods of service. Timusie Dialla, now retired, was a member of the Pangnirtung Fire Department for 47 years and five months.

“On behalf of all Nunavummiut and Canadians, and on behalf of the Governor General, I would like to thank these six award recipients for dedicating their lives to making ours safer and congratulate them on this outstanding achievement,” Nunavut’s community and government services minister Lorne Kusugak, who awarded the medals on behalf of Governor General David Johnston, said Oct. 30 in the Nunavut legislature.

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