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Fire chief recognized

It was an emotional start to Monday's council meeting in Oliver, as the fire chief was recognized, before a packed house.

Dan Skaros was given a commendation from the BC government and Office of the Fire Commissioner for his act of courage last August when he pulled young Cody O'Connor from a burning trailer. 

"It was very nice to see the fire chief recognized, but there were not a lot of smiles in the room, because of the tragic outcome," said Mayor Ron Hovanes, who presented the commendation.

"But his family had many more weeks to share with Cody because of the fire chief's efforts."

O'Connor, 8, was saved by Skaros after a fire broke out in a motorhome where he was staying with his family at the Centennial RV Park In Oliver on Aug. 28, 2013. He was badly burned and taken to BC Children's Hospital for care.

He was taken off life support in September at Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver.

There was an outpouring of support for his family from South Okanagan communities after his death and much praise has also been heaped on Skaros since then.

Hovanes said the fire chief was very deserving of the honour.

"The presentation was all about Chief Skaros, and we are very proud of him and the department, very blessed to have this department in our community," he said. 

After Monday's meeting, which was attended by firefighters and family members, Skaros said it was nice to be recognized, but it would have been much nicer if the little boy survived.

 

 

 

 

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