Answering the call and passing the test

I would like to put in the paper a special thank you to the staff at the Castlegar Community Complex, Castlegar paramedics and volunteer fire department.

On Thursday, December 27 during a hockey practice there was a situation where a boy fell head first into the boards.   While the coaching staff stabilized the boy, we immediately went to the front desk staff of the complex to call 911. The staff and lifeguards were very professional and took immediate action to take over the situation while the paramedics were being called. The life guards were in shorts and t-shirts on the ice while assisting the young boy without complaint and made the family and the boy feel very comfortable during this situation, until the paramedics arrived. Without the quick action of the community complex staff, paramedics and the volunteer fire department we may not of had such a happy ending.

On behalf of the Kootenay Avalanche Hockey program we would like to thank all the efforts of those involved, knowing we are surrounded by such great people.


-John Jenner,


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