Pitt firefighter recognized for service

Dennis Barron was named a life-time member of the fire department.

Dennis Barron was named a life-time member of the fire department.

The City of Pitt Meadows honoured assistant fire chief Dennis Barron on Tuesday for his service to the municipality.

Barron, who retired in December, now works with Coquitlam Fire and Rescue.

He signed up as a volunteer firefighter in Pitt Meadows in 1989.

“I have great pride in saying that I have been a volunteer for the Pitt Meadows Fire Department for 21 years,” said Barron after accepting an award of recognition from Mayor Don MacLean.

Since joining the fire department, Barron held nearly every position in the organization, climbing his way up the ladder to assistant chief.

“He has committed countless hours to responding to all manner of emergencies and tragedy, and provided mentorship and leadership to a crew that has seen a lot of transition and turmoil over the past 10 years,” said fire chief Don Jolley.

In 1990, Barron was named firefighter of the year by his colleagues – only a year after joining the department.

In 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006, firefighters voted him officer of the year.

“He was always an advocate for the members and insisted they perform at a highly professional level, both in public and in private, and expected the city to recognize them as such,” added Jolley.

“He was always pushing us hard to stay on the leading edge and I think we’ve done that.”

Barron latest accolade was being named an honorary life member of the Pitt Meadows Fire Department.