LPS, fire­fight­ers to play char­ity game for Hum­boldt

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Rob Davis

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?!).

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