Gibson Merkel named Firefighter of the Month for February

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The St. Marys Fire Department is pleased to announce Gibson Merkel as “Firefighter of the Month” for February.

Gibson started with the department in 2019 as a co-op student and was hired as a firefighter in 2022.

“Having the opportunity to work as a co-op student and receive practical training solidified that this was the job for me,” says Gibson. “Being a volunteer firefighter is an amazing way to start to my career, learn valuable skills, be part of a team and reap the benefits of helping this community.”

Off duty, Gibson dedicates his time to maintaining peak physical health, snowboarding, cooking healthy meals and hanging out with family and friends. 

“Gibson is the first person to be hired by the department after completing a co-op placement here,” says Fire Chief Richard “Andy” Anderson. “He was selected as Firefighter of the Month for his enthusiasm and drive to complete his Firefighter Initial Training Program ahead of the two-year probationary period.”

“Gibson and others like him are the future of the fire department” says Captain Ryan Taylor. “As more of our experienced firefighters are retiring it’s time to pass the torch.”

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For media inquiries:
Richard “Andy” Anderson, Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief
519-284-2340, ext. 201 |