Members of the South Glengarry Fire Department, the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment, RCMP and SDG paramedics were recognized at the Ontario Provincial Police East Region Headquarters Awards Ceremony in Smiths Falls.
The first responders received OPP Commissioner’s Commendation Awards for their assistance in 2017 at an aircraft crash that occurred in a wetland on the east side of County Road 27 on Summerstown Road.
September 25, 2017, at 10 p.m. the South Glengarry Fire Service responded to the incident.
The aircraft was found in a wetland and forested area near Airport Road and County Road 27. The plane had a single occupant who had suffred serious injuries. Extrication services were needed due to the heavy damage to the plane.
There were considerable hazards and difficulties with the rescue since the plane came to rest in approximately half a metre of water and wetland surrounded by forest. The plane’s fuel tanks had ruptured leaving aviation fuel throughout the area.
“Due to the excellent teamwork,” the first responders quickly assessed, extricated and removed the pilot from the scene. He was transported to the Cornwall Community Hospital. The pilot survived the incident and has since recovered.
“The Township of South Glengarry extends congratulations to the South Glengarry Fire Services for their constant professionalism and work effort that continues to demonstrate their incredible value and commitment to our community,” stated Fire Chief Dave Robertson.
The following members of the South Glengarry Fire Service received the OPP Commissioner’s Commendation Award: Deputy Chief Blake McDonell, Deputy Chief Brian Poirier, Assistant Deputy Chief Roger Robinson, Captain Daniel Cholette, Captain Jason Trottier, and firefighters Gary Hicks, Ryan MacDonald, Ian McDonald, James Levac, Christopher Kentell, James Martell, Robert Pilon and Kevin Vivaraies.