Arnie Oram (far right) is pictured with a fire helmet (which reads “Fire Chief Oram, Retired”) mounted on a plaque which he received as a gift from deputy fire chief Ross Figley (centre; current Spences Bridge fire chief Roy Shaw is at left). Photo: Dwayne Rourke.

Longtime Spences Bridge firefighter and volunteer honoured

Retired fire chief Arnie Oram was the well-deserved centre of attention at a recent celebration.

On September 5, longtime Spences Bridge resident, volunteer, and fire chief Arnie Oram was honoured by the province and local residents for his service to his community, which includes 35 years with the Spences Bridge Volunteer Fire Department.

“Wonderful”, “patient”, “even-keeled”, “gentle”, “dedicated”, and “well-deserved” were just a few of the tributes paid to Oram, who has now retired from the fire department.

During the tribute, Oram was presented with a 35-year service bar from the Provincial Fire Commissioner, as well as a fire helmet on a plaque; the helmet was emblazoned with the words “Fire Chief Oram, Retired”. Other cards and gifts were also presented.

Oram’s wife Marg, members of the Spences Bridge Volunteer Fire Department, and community members were all on hand to celebrate Oram, present him with tributes, and enjoy dinner together.

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Arnie Oram with his wife Marg and the 35-year service bar he received from the Provincial Fire Commissioner. Photo: Dwayne Rourke.

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