Paramedics sprint to vic­tory

Fire­fight­ers, po­lice, paramedics and wild­fire fight­ers com­pete in Terry Fox re­lay

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JA­SON KERR

Chris Pacey is breath­ing and sweat­ing harder than he nor­mally does, but he still has a big smile on his face.

The Park­land Am­bu­lance para­medic and three of his col­leagues have just fin­ished a 100-me­tre sprint re­lay, and it’s left him a lit­tle speech­less.

“I know we’re all fa­tigued,” he chuck­les. “We don’t usu­ally hus­tle this hard.”

Park­land Am­bu­lance was one of four teams out sprint­ing around Harry Jerome Track on Satur­day to help pro­mote an an­nual tra­di­tion.

Re­lay teams from Park­land Am­bu­lance, the Prince Al­bert Po­lice De­part­ment, the Prince Al­bert Fire De­part­ment and Wild­fire Man­age­ment came out for a friendly com­pe­ti­tion, with the goal of help­ing pro­mote the up­com­ing Terry Fox Run.

Park­land Am­bu­lance took the crown this year, and while Pacey says it’s al­ways nice to have a friendly com­pe­ti­tion, it’s the fundrais­ing that’s most im­por­tant.

“It takes money for (cancer) re­search,” he said. “It’s for a great cause, so if (emer­gency ser­vices) can do any­thing to get more peo­ple out, that’s awe­some.”

When the emer­gency ser­vices re­lay was restarted two years ago only two teams com­peted: the fire and po­lice de­part­ments. Since then the num­ber of teams has dou­bled, in­clud­ing a firstyear en­try from Wild­fire Man­age­ment.

Un­for­tu­nately, most of the or­ga­ni­za­tions top sprint­ers were pre­oc­cu­pied with bat­tling fires in North­ern Saskatchewan, but or­ga­niz­ers were still pleased to see them.

“We’re just happy that they made it out here for the first time,” Terry Fox Run com­mit­tee spokesper­son Danielle Pois­son said.

At one time, the Prince Al­bert Terry Fox re­lay al­most ceased to ex­ist. For­tu­nately, or­ga­niz­ers say things are start­ing to im­prove, as more lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses get in­volved.

On Satur­day, the Park­land Am­bu­lance sprit team hoisted the new tro­phy do­nated by Mal­colm Jenk­ins, one of many ex­am­ples of the resur­gence in in­ter­est.

“I like to say (the Terry Fox Run) is the grand­daddy of them all,” long-time Terry Fox Run com­mit­tee mem­ber Vern Hod­gins said. “There are lots of good fundrais­ers for lots of good causes, but if you think about it, they re­ally are just fol­low­ing in Terry Fox’s foot­steps.”

Hod­gins said the new com­mit­tee has re­ju­ve­nated the run, and en­sured it will last long into the fu­ture.

The 2017 Terry Fox Run will take place on Sept. 17 at the Al­fred Jenk­ins Field House. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins and 1:15 p.m. with the race start­ing at 2 p.m.

JA­SON KERR/DAILY HER­ALD

Mem­bers of Park­land Am­bu­lance pose with the new Terry Fox Re­lay Tro­phy, pre­sented by com­mit­tee mem­bers Chris Fer­chuk (left) and Danielle Pois­son (right) at Harry Jerome Track on Satur­day.

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