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Conquest Fire Department: Year in Review

Dedication on display as the years add up for local firefighters.
Members of the Conquest Fire Department: Darryl Stoppler, Bob Jones, Connor Ogilvie, Doug Lemon, Dan Ogilvie, Kevin Lockwood, and Ray Amy were recently recognized for their years of service. Photo submitted.

CONQUEST - 2022 was the busiest year in recent memory for the Conquest Volunteer Fire Department. In the past few years the department has undergone a lot of changes. Headlining 2022 was the inaugural season of the Water Tanker which was purchased with the proceeds raised at  the Lisa Moen Concert Fundraiser in 2021. The tanker proved valuable for multiple grass fires as well as being an asset in mutual aid situations. 

Up to 20 active members, the CFD has seen a new wave of firefighters joining, however; at the core there are still many familiar faces. 2022 saw some of these long serving members reach milestones. 

Bob Jones - Fire Chief - 17 years, Member - 36 years

In 2003, he took over as the Fire Chief and held that role until 2020. Bob always focused on training and preparing the department for each and every issue we may face. He remains in the department lending a hand where needed and attending callouts. We thank Bob for his time as Fire Chief and look forward to his continued time as a Firefighter.

Doug Lemon - 40 years

Doug ‘Snoose’ Lemon joined Joe Lemon as the only two Conquest firefighters to amass 40 years as a volunteer. This is an incredible feat and he has worn every hat imaginable in the department. He had a large role in the original construction of the current fire hall as well as the retrofit and expansion.We cannot understate how impressive 40 years of service is. Thank you, Snoose.

Lindsay Kokesch - 20 years

Lindsay joined the CFD in 2002 and has been a member ever since. His parts background has been vital for finding the department fittings for retrofitting trucks and making sure we have what is needed for equipment repairs and upgrades. Thank you for your tireless work the past 20 years, Lindsay. 

Morley Sinclair - Retirement - 36 years of Service

‘Meathead’ has been a great resource for the CFD for over 30 years. He was the Treasurer and Safety Officer for most of that tenure and in December of 2021 he decided it was time for him to step back and retire. Meathead’s eye for detail and carpentry skills were pivotal in the original fire hall build as well as the recent expansion. Morley also spearheaded a lot of the fundraising initiatives for these projects. Thank you for your service, Morley. 

Along with these service awards, seven firefighters received the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal from the Lieutenant Governor in recognition of over 20 years of service. These members were:

●    Bob Jones 
●    Darryl Stoppler
●    Doug Lemon 
●    Kevin Lockwood 
●    Lloyd Tyler 
●    Morley Sinclair
●    Ray Amy

Make sure to mark June 17th off as the Conquest Fire Department will be hosting another outdoor concert this year. More information will come soon!

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