Area firefighters earn Green Cross award

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Volunteer members of the Halkirk and Castor fire departments received the Hurst Jaws of Life prestigious Green Cross award last week. In the front row

Halkirk Herald

A week ago Tuesday, three members of the Halkirk fire department — Matt Koenraadt and Megan and Jordon Elsasser — and eight members of the Castor fire department were awarded the prestigious Green Cross award in Castor.

On Aug. 4, 2010, the Halkirk department was called to an accident on Highway 12 west of Halkirk involving a westbound pickup and an eastbound truck and fifth wheel trailer. Along with the Castor department, the firefighters were able to extricate a casualty and STARS airlifted a patient from the scene with help from the Coronation ambulance, the RCMP and bystanders.

Since 1973, thousands of firefighters and rescue workers have been awarded the Green Cross award, the ultimate symbol of recognition for those who have used Hurst Jaws of Life products to save lives.

The Halkirk and Castor members that helped with the rescue were awarded the Green Cross. Congratulations to those outstanding volunteers.

Our sympathies to the family of Gladys Coulthard, who passed away Aug. 9 in Red Deer. Gladys was a member of the Halkirk Home Fires book committee and the Coulthard story is on page 595. Services were held Monday at Halkirk Hall.

Lucien (Lou) Fetaz passed away Aug. 4 in Calgary at 89 years of age. He is survived by son Wayne, daughter-in-law Jan, two grandchildren, sister Juliette Cordel, brother Bernard and sister-in-law Colette. Services were held Monday in Cochrane.

“Ladies of the Heartland” are eight horseback team riders that include local girls Rae-anne Cordel, Alison Dahmer and Kourtney Hronek. Their busy weekend at the Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede included intermission performances and a parade appearance.

Paul and Jacquie Dietrich drove their 1964 white Ford Meteor convertible in the Botha 100th-anniversary parade Saturday with Deputy Mayor Sherry Jamieson and displayed the Elks Bull-a-rama banner.

Ellyn Schaffner and son Max volunteered with Habitat for Humanity while visiting in Saskatoon. Then, along with daughter Jillian, they experienced extraordinary Saskatchewan history with two tunnel tours in Moose Jaw. Brent joined them in Cyprus Hills for a relaxing campout that included an afternoon of zip lining at an Eco adventure park.

About 100 descendants of Tom and Sadie Rowland met at Halkirk Hall for a Wild-West theme weekend. They enjoyed hayrides, a roast beef supper, a silent auction, games, dancing, fireworks and lots of fun and visiting. Travelling the farthest was Susie and hubby David Ainsworth from Vancouver. George, Sarah, Bill, Evelyn and Marlene were all present with representatives from each of Mary, Tom (Bud), Charlie and Agnes’s families. Plans are underway to gather again in 2013.

Halkirk’s homecoming is scheduled for July 6-8, 2012. A website has been set up: halkirk100.com.

Don’t forget the annual Elks Bull-a-rama, set for Saturday, Aug. 27.

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