Emergency crews treated with thanks

First responder appreciation game Nov. 3

In this year of floods and fires – in addition to the already enormous work load for our North Okanagan First Responders, a robust thank you is more than called for.

Now in its third year, organizers of the First Responders Appreciation Game hope more emergency workers than ever hear about this hockey game; and come out so their community has a means of showing our heartfelt thanks.

“Kal Tire, once again, has generously donated free tickets to all First Responders and their immediate family members for the Nov. 3 Vipers vs Silverbacks hockey game starting at 7 p.m.,” said Beth Marks, one of the organizers. “The Vipers are organizing a wonderful evening of fast action and fun intermissions in honour of our highly respected First Responders.”

All members of North Okanagan fire departments (wild fire and urban), RCMP, ambulance, Search & Rescue and emergency roadside personnel will be contacted.

“It is important for our First Responders to know this is not an obligatory or work related event – we just want you to have a fun night out with your family and receive the encouragement and gratitude your communities genuinely offer,” said Marks.

A challenge for the organizers is that wild fire members disburse right after the fire season.

“If any wild fire fighters from anywhere happen to be in the North Okanagan for any reason please know you are welcome to come as honoured guests.”

Ticket counts will be taken at your base of operations – but if you haven’t been contacted and you are a local First Responder just call the front desk of Sutton Group (one of the sponsors) to reserve your free tickets.

Hub Fire Engines has stepped up to provide drink tickets again this year! KISS FM and The Morning Star are media sponsors and Sutton Group Lakefront Realty will be out in force helping the 50/50 ticket sales alongside of the City of Vernon firefighters.

If you’re hankering to be involved in this event or want more information on how First Responders receive their tickets call Beth Marks at Sutton Group Lakefront Realty: 250-549-3944.

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