Kamloops firefighter honoured for service
A Kamloops-based air-attack firefighter has been given a prestigious honour.
Paul Buxton-Carr, a firefighter with the B.C. government’s wildfire management branch, has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.
Buxton-Carr was presented with the medal at a ceremony on Sept. 8 in Ottawa.
The honour was in recognition of his volunteer contributions to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, supporting wildfire crews and their families across the country.
Buxton-Carr has been a provincial firefighter since 1989, starting as a rapattack crew member — rappelling from helicopters to fight fires in steep terrain and remote areas.
He’s presently an air-attack officer with the Kamloops-based Provincial Air Tanker Centre.
A board member of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation since 2004, Buxton-Carr represents full-time, auxiliary, contract and emergency wildfire crews and pilots across the country.
The foundation offers assistance to families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty through fundraisers, public events, scholarships and bursary programs.