City Harvest church rewards PMB’s unsung heroes for their services

2009-12-14 00:00

IN honouring firefighters who have served the community of Pietermaritzburg over the years, the City Harvest International Church handed over a R5 000 cheque to the Msunduzi Municipality’s Fire Department yesterday.

Pastor John van Niekerk of City Harvest said the firefigh­ters are unsung heroes who have continuously put their lives at risk in order to save people from fires and accidents.

He said the church was inspired by the bravery of New York firemen, many of whom were killed as they tried to rescue people from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre after it was attacked on September 11, 2001, and collapsed.

“This is not the Twin Towers; however, we need to restore appreciation to our society. Out of all the people who have been assisted by the fire department in the city, how many have come back and said thank you?” he asked.

Van Niekerk said he hopes the gesture will be repeated in all departments and that local heroes from all wards will be recognised for their efforts.

“These are tremendous people, who have done tremendous things,” said Van Niekerk.

Msunduzi Municipality’s fire chief, Billy Paton, congratulated the staff, saying that, despite some bad times, it is good to know that the community acknowledges the work of firefighters. He said: “There have been some good and bad times. However, we have dedicated ourselves. We feel very honoured by the award.”

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