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Challenge Coin History

There is an old saying that goes, “All men were created equal, then a few become firemen.” It hails firemen as a cut above the average man because of his bravery and skill in the face of a blaze. 


One of the ways that firefighters are being honoured is with the use of challenge coins. Each coin has a special design, event or honour in mind. When firefighters show dedication above and beyond the call of their duty, they receive a coin. But what is a challenge coin and where did they come from? What do these coins stand for and how do people earn them?


By far, the easiest way to get a challenge coin is to buy them. They are always for sale on eBay, Amazon, Kijiji or other websites. You can attend a firefighter expo where they are on display and for the right price anyone could take home a coin.  If you want to earn a challenge coin the traditional way, you need to earn it. 


Some departments offer their members a coin to carry on calls to help protect them or shield them from dangers. Firehouse related events also merit the award of a challenge coin, such as a firehouse anniversary or years of service award. Often firefighters will receive a challenge coin for doing something extraordinary or showing a particular excellence or skill. Another way firefighters receive a challenge coin is when a member of their team loses their life.  Memorial challenge coins have special images or quotes engraved on them that represent the tragic event and are then given to the remaining members of the team. 


This description explains what a challenge coin is, but in reality they mark a moment in your life that will never be forgotten.  They are something that should be carried with you always to have in a moment of need, whatever that need may be.

Quinton Beaumont

Castor Firefighter 

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