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November 29, 2016 12:00 AM

UP ON THE ROOF Members of the Lloydminster Fire Department, Calem Gustavson, Brad Martin, Thomas Siepp and Dan Hobson camped out on the roof of Fire Station No.1 over the weekend, for the department's annual Roof Top Campout, where funds are raised for ALS research. JAIME POLMATEER LLS PHOTO

Our firefighters brave the elements to help others

The Lloydminster Fire Department just spent another weekend out in the cold for the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Rooftop Campout, which saw members spend two nights in a tent on the roof of Fire Station No. 1.
During the course of the two night, three day venture, members took turns on the roof, while raising donations from passersby for ALS awareness and research.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control muscles die; the disease is terminal and has no cure nor effective treatment.
“(This year was) actually really good, the donations have been coming in unexpectedly again like the last few years, even with the downturn in the economy,” Deputy Fire Chief Calvin Nickless said Sunday.
“Everybody just steps up and works hard to participate in the ALS Foundation of Alberta here.”
Besides bringing in donations out front of the fire hall, members also attended Safeway, SuperStore and Sobey’s to bring in more funds, and though the crew hadn’t had a chance to tally the numbers as of press time, last year’s initiative brought in more than $30,000.
ALS is also a cause the Lloydminster Fire Department holds particularly close, having lost a friend and comrade to the disease in 2013.
The department started the Rooftop Campout initiative and have been running with it ever since, with Fire Chief Jordan Newton saying the community’s help has blown members away every year.
“Each year, the level of local generosity and morale support far surpasses our expectations.”
In Canada, 2,500 to 3,000 people are living with ALS and the lifespan after diagnoses is, on average, two to five years.

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