The 122nd annual Firefighter’s Ball took place, Saturday, hosted by the Dauphin Fire Fighters’ Association.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2022 Jack Carey Memorial Fire Fighter of the Year Award, which was presented to Sabrina Anderson.
In introducing this year’s winner, Fire Chief Cam Abrey said Anderson gives back to the department much more than she takes, noting she is quick to sign up as the weekend standby during the summers and to help out around the station.
Anderson’s attendance is outstanding, Abrey added, with 89 per cent of emergency response in 2021, or 178 of the total 201 calls last year. In 2022, as of the end of September, she attended 87 per cent of all incidents, or 156 of 179 so far.
Abrey has worked alongside Anderson at many incidents, and noted the level of compassion that she demonstrates when it comes to patient care is top notch. There is definitely a compassionate layer beneath the gruff exterior. The nomination stated, “they have been there for me and others on numerous occasions as a shoulder and an open ear. I always walk better after a conversation with them if going through a rough time.”
Although not an officer of the fire department and not an instructor, Anderson shows up to classes to assist with training, which Abrey appreciates. The award came as a complete surprised to Anderson, who realized Abrey was talking about her when he mentioned she had signed up to be the summer standby.
“There was only two of us that were on every weekend,” she said.
The award, Anderson added, means everything to her, even though she was at a loss for words.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m very thankful and very appreciative for the recognition,” she said.
Anderson joined DFD in August 2018. She originally had an interest in paramedicine, but a chance meeting with Abrey led to her checking out what DFD had to offer. And she decided to become a firefighter.
“We’re there on people’s worst day of their lives and so it brings me peace of mind to know we’re helping somebody, even in the slightest way possible,” she said. “I’m very thankful for all of my fellow firefighters and chief.”
The history of the award goes back to 1978 when Carey, a long-time member of the Manitoba Fire Service, created and financially supported the Fire Fighter of the Year Award. He had served 23 years with the Brandon Fire Department, seven as the Fire Chief and then joined the Manitoba Fire Commissioner’s Office as a fire investigator.
It was during this time that he became acquainted with Dauphin Fire Department (DFD) and its membership.
Throughout the years to follow, he became a close friend and an avid supporter of DFD. The current award was dedicated in Carey’s memory in 2006 to honour his outstanding service and the Dauphin Fire Department’s fond memories of him.
With this award, a trophy was established that would bear the recipient’s name and would be housed at the fire station on display. A companion trophy is also given to the recipient for permanent possession.