Seniors fete first responders

By Geoff Lee

June 21, 2018 11:00 AM

The Lloydminster Concerned Citizens Seniors Care Society kicked off their AGM by honouring 15 local and area first responder and front-line emergency organizations with appreciation plaques. The awards were presented by Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers and Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young at the the Legacy Centre on June 13. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care Society kicked off their annual general meeting with a celebration of 911 first responders.
The AGM featured a presentation of plaques to local and area first response and front-line emergency organizations to honour them for the work they do to keep residents and seniors safe.
It was an inclusive presentation held at the Legacy Centre the evening of June 13 that extended to   bylaw officers and peace officers as well as various RCMP detachments.
“We wanted to show all these groups the important job they do in our community and how much we appreciate them,” said Graham Brown, president of the seniors group.
“We have 15 groups from Lloydminster and surrounding area from Hillmond, from Marshall, from Paradise Valley, from Kitscoty, Marwayne, Blackfoot—it was great to see.
Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers and Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young presented the awards to representatives from the organizations.
“This area is well served,” said Aalbers, who noted he once served on a volunteer fire department that gave him a great deal of pride.
“Until you’ve walked in their shoes at a fire call at a rescue call, at an ambulance call and a police call, it’s not easy to use words to describe,” he said.
He noted there is a camaraderie among first response workers who always have to cover for each other.
“It’s so important and that’s very evident by the commitment and dedication that these folks exhibit,” said Aalbers.
He pointed out that most of the first responders on hand serve outlying communities.
Young said people seem to forget that our rural citizens need those services just as much as Lloydminster residents like her do.
“It’s amazing to see how many people volunteer who have taken the training and have stepped up to become that special person who can respond to an emergency,” she said.
“I think it’s great that once in awhile we do take the time to honour and recognize them like we have this evening.”
Terry Beck with Paradise Valley Fire Rescue said being honoured by Lloyd seniors is a nice gesture that he called really appreciative.
“Honestly it’s not what we look for; it’s not what we’re after, but it is nice to know we’re appreciated for what we do,” said Beck, who noted his crew comes to the aid of seniors often.
“We have a large senior population around Paradise Valley and we do respond to quite a few medical calls of that nature,” he said.
Teresa Miskie with Marwayne Fire Rescue also felt it was nice to know first responders like herself are appreciated by seniors.
“We do this for the good of the community, not for appreciation, but it’s nice to get it,” said Miskie.
She said the Marwayne squad responds to an average of 60 calls a year, many of them from seniors.
“A lot of calls are for illnesses; we’ll wait with them until the ambulance comes,” said Miskie.
“It’s about half an hour wait for us.”

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