First responders honoured

The third annual Appreciation Game takes place Friday during the Vernon Vipers game at Kal Tire Place

  • Oct. 26, 2017 11:00 a.m.
First responders will be recognized Nov. 3 during the Vernon Vipers/Salmon Arm Silverbacks game at Kal Tire Place. (photo submitted)

First responders will be recognized Nov. 3 during the Vernon Vipers/Salmon Arm Silverbacks game at Kal Tire Place. (photo submitted)

It’s almost time for the First Responders Appreciation Game.

The third annual event takes place Nov. 3 during the Vernon Vipers/Salmon Arm Silverbacks game at Kal Tire Place.

“All first responders and families have free entrance compliments of Kal Tire,” said organizer Beth Marks, adding that the event is an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the efforts of emergency personnel.

All members of North Okanagan fire departments (wildfire and urban), RCMP, ambulance, search and rescue and emergency roadside personnel are invited to attend. If they haven’t been counted already at their workplace, they should call Sutton Group Lakefront Realty at 250-549-3944 to reserve a seat.

The game time is 7 p.m.

“The intermissions will be entertaining and a special tribute to first responders will happen at the game’s beginning,” said Marks.

Lynn Semkiw, widow of emergency roadside worker Ernie Semkiw, will drop the puck along with her two granddaughters.

Vernon’s Ernie Semkiw died in 2006 when he was hit by a vehicle while helping a stranded motorist.

Hub Fire Engines will provide first responders with drink tickets while Brown’s Social House is giving out gift certificates. Kiss FM and The Morning Star are media sponsors and Sutton Group Lakefront Realty will operate 50/50 ticket sales with Vernon firefighters.

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