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Drouin West honours Higgs family
Sunday 5 May 2013 saw the Higgs family honoured in front of around 80 guests with the naming of the brigade's meeting and training room.
Captain Bruce Jewell had the honour of announcing that "effective from today the room will be known as the Higgs Family Meeting Room or the Higgs Room as I am sure it will be called."
The official speeches were led by Glen Garden, who gave a great an overview of the history of Drouin West Fire Brigade, in particular the role the Higgs family played over those many years. That was followed by a brief speech by Captain Bruce Jewell, who presented the Higgs family with the sign and a photo featuring Bill, Graeme and Chris, which includes details of their years of service so that in many years to come new members will appreciate the involvement of the Higgs family
From the beginning of Drouin West Fire Brigade there has always been a Higgs at Drouin West, from Bill Higgs at the start to his son Graeme, his wife Chris and now their son Scott. As a family they have to date dedicated a combined 135 years of service. Since the brigade's inception in 1949, there has been a Higgs at the helm for 32 years, firstly with Bill and later with Graeme, who after 20 years stepped down as captain in 2012.
In addition to brigade members, Graeme’s sisters Rhonda and Heather were there with their familes along with Scott and their daughter Claire and their families. In addition, Chris’s sister Dianne and her husband Wes, were over from Canada to share in the celebrations.
Another highlight was the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon, in which Graeme, Chris and Scott were joined by Scott's son, a potential fourth generation of Higgs family to join the brigade.
It was a great day and a wonderful way to celebrate the contribution made by the Higgs family.