Nick Fedchak of the Soo is one of five new recruits, who had their first day on the job with the Kenora detachment of the OPP yesterday.

"I love the interaction with the people and helping out where I can," he said.

The detachment is hoping to fill some gaps in their shifts and services, with the arrival of the new recruits.

Viriginia Hazelton is originally from Huntsville, but she isn't new to Kenora.

"I worked at KACL (Kenora Association for Community Living), before I got on with the OPP. So, I was already working with the community. I'm just looking forward to getting back there," she said, now that she's completed her training.

Another one of the five new recruits is Davis Smith, and he's actually happy to be living in a larger community.

"I'm from Atikokan, where there's not actually that much to do, so this is a nice change," he said.

The detachment has been operating short-handed recently, and the new recruits should help get them back up to full strength.

Fraser Speakman is also from the Soo, but he's enjoyed visits to Lake of the Woods in the summer. 

"I just like to do back-country camping," he said, looking forward to trying some trails.

Corben Fuller is from London, Ont., and he went to Lakehead in Thunder Bay.

"I'm looking forward to interacting with the community and exploring the geography," he said. is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

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