Vernon Vipers Jagger Williamson (left) and Riley Brandt (right) welcome Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department captain Mike Doherty

Vernon Vipers Jagger Williamson (left) and Riley Brandt (right) welcome Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department captain Mike Doherty

First responders celebrated

The inaugural First Responders appreciation night will be held Tuesday at Kal Tire Place.

Excitement is growing over plans to celebrate the North Okanagan’s emergency personnel.

The inaugural First Responders appreciation night will be held Tuesday at Kal Tire Place.

“We’re expecting more than 400 North Okanagan first responders and their families to enjoy the evening,” said Beth Marks, with the organizing committee.

“Every responder who has called to reserve their tickets has been very appreciative of the recognition and they’re looking forward to the Vipers game.”

The Vernon Vipers have donated adult tickets for the event and Kal Tire has purchased up to 200 family tickets for those who wish to bring their children.

“We’re very happy to be partnering with the appreciation committee and providing first responders tickets,” said Todd Miller, Vipers executive vice-president.

“Our team and the whole organization believe strongly in community involvement and support and, in fact, the 50/50 draw at this year’s game will be going toward the burn fund supported by Vernon Fire Rescue.”

Besides the Vipers and Kal Tire, other event sponsors are Hub Fire Engines and Equipment, The Morning Star, Kiss FM and Sutton Group Lakefront Realty.

“We’re hoping for a huge public turnout for appreciation night and urging everyone in the community to join in by attending the Vipers vs. Merritt Centennials hockey game,” said Marks.