New West firefighter in Hall of Flame calendar

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Fans of the annual Hall of Flame calendar will find a New Westminster firefighter in the 2019 lineup.

New West firefighter Mike Cameron is December’s entry in the 2019 calendar, which raises funds for charities including the CKNW Kids’ Fund, the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund and other programs.

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“A few of my coworkers have been in the calendar in recent years and they were encouraging me to apply.  I also thought it would be a good opportunity to get out to some interesting events and give some time to raise some money for charity,” Cameron said. “I think the deciding factor was that my mother thought it would be great to see me in the calendar.”

Cameron’s seven- and nine-year-old kids thought it was “pretty cool” to see their dad in a calendar.

“Everybody is really supportive,” Cameron said of the response from his coworkers. “Of course, there is always some good-natured fun at my expense.”

Cameron, an acting captain, has been working with New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services for 14 years. Because he tries to stay in shape for work, he didn’t have to do anything special to prepare for the modelling gig.

“I am an active person and I keep myself in good shape for my job,” he said. “I would say I was more aware of my diet and trained a little harder as photoshoot day approached.”

The Hall of Flame Calendar, now in its 31st year, gets professional firefighters to volunteer as models. Through the years, the calendar has raised more than $1 million for charity.

The calendars are $17.99 and can be found at London Drugs and select Save-On-Foods.

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