Two South Glengarry firefighters recognized for rescue efforts

In this May 2018, file photo, the Lancaster fire hall for the South Glengarry Fire Service. Two firefighters are receiving a commendation for rescuing a person from a burning home in October 2019. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – Two South Glengarry firefighters will receive an official commendation for their actions in saving a person from a home on fire in October 2019.

Gary Hicks and Thomas Sangster were nominated for the O.P.P. Commissioner’s Commendation for Exemplary Performance of Duty by South Glengarry Fire Chief Dave Robertson.

“It is with great joy that I convey notice…firefighters Gary Hicks and Thomas Sangster…are to be given their commendations during a ceremony at a later date,” Robertson wrote in a report to council.

Hicks and Sangster were part of a firefighting team, along with O.P.P., who entered a burning home in the Lancaster area on Oct. 8, 2019 and rescued a person from the heavily smoke-filled building.

“The individual is alive today due to the actions of South Glengarry Fire Service staff along with partners from the O.P.P. and Cornwall SDG Paramedics,” Robertson wrote.

“Residents of South Glengarry can feel a sense of pride in that both these members and your Fire Service as a whole, have the dedication to train for and have the ability to complete, such life saving actions.”