Inductee recovers from fall
Maxville resident George Currier is recovering after taking a tumble off the stage during the annual Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner in Alexandria last week.
While posing next to his portrait, Mr. Currier stepped back and caught his heel on part of the framework holding the curtain behind the inductees’ chairs. He took a hard fall straight backwards off the back of the fivefoot stage.
Mr. Currier was immediately taken by ambulance to Cornwall hospital where a series of scans was performed. He was released the next morning. Despite a nasty gash where his head hit the cement floor of the Billy Gebbie Arena, Mr. Currier has no broken bones but is badly bruised and shaken.
The prominent citizen remains in good spirits. He and his family want to remember the induction dinner for what it was up until the fall – namely “a wonderful night with friends and family and many supporters from the community.”
Rodney Shepherd, a past president of the Sports Hall of Fame, says he contacted Mr. Currier after the accident to see how he was doing and that he thanked the hall for a wonderful evening.
The temperature in the arena that evening was very high. The
Glengarry News reporter Margaret Caldbick, who covered the event, said “by the time the evening was winding up at 10 p.m., the heat and humidity in the area had risen to an uncomfortable level.”
Mr. Shepherd says that due to the popularity of the event, the arena surfaces are the only venues large enough to host the induction ceremony.
“We have an average of 400 people attend every year but we’ve had as many as 500 in the past,” he says.
He adds that the dinner rotates among the arenas in Alexandria, Maxville, and Williamstown. None of them has air condition- ing.