Bridgewater honoured a dozen volunteer fire agencies spanning Lunenburg and Queens counties for their efforts to extinguish last month's King Street blaze which destroyed and damaged buildings in the downtown core.
Bridgewater, Blockhouse, Chester, Conquerall Bank, Dayspring, Hebbville, Liverpool, Lunenburg, New Germany, Northfield district, Oakhill and the Tri-district area (Bakers Settlement/Chelsea/Newcombville) representatives received certificates of appreciation November 14.
"We are beyond thankful for your service to our community," Bridgewater's mayor, David Mitchell, said before presenting the honours at the start of a town council meeting.
"This was mutual aid at its best."
First responders arrived at the corner of King and Old Bridge streets en masse after fire broke out the night of October 22. The fire began inside a building that used to house a sporting goods store, but at the time of the blaze contained a computer repair shop and liquidation business.
Emergency crews battled the blaze well into the next day and returned again during demolition to extinguish hot spots.
The town's municipal police department is treating the incident as "suspicious in nature" and continue to investigate. Law enforcement is working to identify a person of interest seen on closed-circuit television walking north-bound away from the scene around the time of the fire.
Mitchell again thanked the gallery full of firefighters.
"It's extraordinary what you all do," he said.
Bridgewater's fire chief echoed the sentiment, pointing out how well the departments worked together.
"Can't thank you enough for you coming to our aid when we needed it; no questions asked," Michael Nauss told uniformed fire service partners assembled in the gallery.
"We're forever indebted to you and if ever you are in need we'll be there for you as well."