Surrey firefighter Dylan Van Rooyen.

South Surrey firefighter honoured

Dylan Van Rooyen says Medal of Good Citizenship 'very humbling and a true honour.'

  • Jun. 9, 2016 6:00 p.m.

A South Surrey firefighter was honoured for his volunteer efforts with a Medal of Good Citizenship.

Dylan Van Rooyen received the honour from Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk on May 31 at Surrey Fire Hall #17.

The award is the province’s newest honour, launched by Premier Christy Clark last July.

It “recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward,” a news release announcing the medal stated.

“The medal reflects their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life.”

Raised in Surrey, Van Rooyen was selected for his “inspirational leadership” with organizations and events focused on Surrey youth and families, including Child Development Foundation of British Columbia, Tong Louie Family YMCA and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society.

In the news release, issued May 25, Van Rooyen described the award as “very humbling and a true honour.”

Clark said no one in B.C. is a better example of going above and beyond for their community than Rooyen.

“Not only does he put himself in harm’s way as a firefighter, but has also devoted countless hours of his own time to organizations that make a difference in Surrey,” she said.

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