Vernon firefighter fights flames and Muscular Dystrophy

Vernon mayor Rob Sawatzky, right, presents Vernon firefighter Captain Chris Kulak with the Dr. David Green Award on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 for being selected as Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Firefighter of the Year.
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VERNON - Captain Chris Kulak with Vernon Fire Rescue Services is racking up the awards for his charity work.

Kulak, fire department’s training officer, is Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s Firefighter of the Year and was presented with the Dr. David Green Award at Monday’s city council meeting. He won the Governor General’s Caring Award in March of this year.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky presented Kulak with the award saying his dedication to community service and charitable organizations (are what) he and council continue to be impressed by.

“Captain Chris Kulak has won a number of awards for his volunteer charitable work and has deserved every one of them,” Sawatzky says.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada gives the award to a firefighter who has demonstrated overall excellence in areas of public awareness, services, fundraising and volunteer recruitment.

Vernon fire chief Keith Green says Kulak is an excellent example of someone who gives so much of himself without ever asking for anything in return.

“We are proud to have him as a firefighter here in Vernon," Green says.

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