Mr. Speaker, last Friday, I had the honour of awarding federal Governor General's medals to three firefighters in my riding during a dinner to mark the occasion. Robert Grondin, Laurent St-Cyr and Jean-Luc Michaud were recognized for 20 years of service with the Edmundston fire department.
In addition, Mario L'Italien and Claude Campagna received the provincial fire marshal's medal for 25 years of service.
Firefighters are essential to our communities. Their hard work and desire to help make people feel safer. They have huge responsibilities, but their undaunted courage gives our communities the sense of safety and trust they need.
Once again, I would like to congratulate and, more importantly, thank these five firefighters whose years of service were recognized on Friday.
I have tremendous respect for the work you do. You make everyone in the riding of Madawaska-Restigouche proud.
Thank you for everything you do in our riding.