A unique and memorable training experience unfolded in Baynes Lake last week as six members of the Lacombe Fire Department arrived to donate and personally deliver new rescue tools and a pump for the Fire Department.
“The driving force behind this donation was Zach Walker, who started with the Baynes Lake Fire Department as soon as he was old enough to join before moving on to become a member of the Lacombe Department. Zach’s brother Ethan is currently a part of our Junior Program in Baynes Lake and I can remember both boys being around the Fire Hall from the time they were very young,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Chief Dave Boreen.
Tragically, Ethan and Zach recently lost their mother Juanita following a motor vehicle accident near Wardner. When the hydraulic rescue tools and pumps were offloaded, each was adorned with a small plaque that reads “In Memory of Juanita Walker.”
“There are moments when you see things unfold that you know are going to leave a lasting legacy. This is one of those moments,” adds Boreen.
The Lacombe firefighters, including Zach, then delivered a weekend extrication training session. Firefighters from the Baynes Lake, Elko and Jaffray Fire Departments participated in the training exercise and it was not only a great opportunity for cross-training, but also team building.
“We are very grateful to the Lacombe Fire Department for this meaningful donation,” says Boreen. “I’d like to thank all the firefighters who came down to deliver the donation and provide training for our department and would like extend special recognition to Zach and Ethan who have been – and continue to be – and important part of the Baynes Lake Fire family.”