LPS, firefighters to play charity game for Humboldt
Last weekend the entire world was rocked by news of a horrific bus crash on a Saskatchewan highway involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team that claimed 16 lives and injured 13 more. The unimaginable tragedy gripped the nation and beyond in collective grief and the outpouring of support since has been overwhelming.
As a Police Service in a hockey town, as first responders and as parents, the news hit close to home and we wanted to do something to help. It started with one of our officers — a hockey player himself — texting a friend and fellow player with Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services. Together the pair came up with the idea of a charity hockey game – Badges United. Numerous members from both agencies are now working tirelessly to plan, organize and promote the event which has been expanded to include a pancake breakfast and special guest appearances by the NHL’s Kris Versteeg and Brandon Davidson!
Sunday, April 22 is the big day and we’re encouraging everyone in the community to come out and support a great cause.
• First on the lineup is a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. (or until we run out of food!) in the Enmax parking lot. Cost is $5 per plate.
• The hockey game goes at 6 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person with kids 15 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at the Enmax Box Office.
In addition to a fast-paced game of hockey, the evening will feature a joint LPS and Lethbridge Fire/EMS honour guard, the Lethbridge Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums band, chuck-a-puck contest, 50/50 draw and silent auction with all proceeds going to the Humboldt Broncos. There’ll also be a special ceremonial puck drop in honour of Lethbridge’s own, Logan Boulet.
I am extremely proud of the members of LPS and Lethbridge Fire/EMS for coming together to make this event a reality. As first responders we see far too many tragedies involving lives lost, people injured and families forever changed. As police officers, firefighters and paramedics, it’s the job we’ve signed up for and we know it. But that doesn’t make it easier. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the members of LPS and Lethbridge Fire/EMS for demonstrating your compassion, kindness and generosity. I also want to acknowledge and thank the community we both serve because from the moment the charity game was announced, the public outpouring of support and offers to help has been tremendous. We are so thankful to everyone who has reached out.
And now there’s just one more thing we need — help us pack the Enmax Centre! Get your tickets and cheer on your favourite team (it’s LPS, right?!).