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.