Facing the cold for a cause

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November 26, 2015 12:35 PM

Lloydminster firefighters camped out on the roof of the fire hall last year to raise money for ALS. With temperatures dropping below -25, a fire might actually have sounded nice.

Fire Department heads back on to roof for ALS

The Lloydminster Fire Department is taking the fight to the roof this weekend for its third annual Rooftop Camp out.
The camp out, taking place from Nov. 27 – 29, is part of the fire department’s yearly fundraising and awareness efforts for the ALS Society of Alberta.
“Members will be camped out on the rooftop through the snow, wind and cold in a tent on the roof of Fire Station No. 1, downtown at 5013 49 ave,” said Brad Martin, deputy fire chief.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, leading to eventual death.
It’s common for Canadian fire departments to team up with ALS charities, but it really got triggered for the Lloydminster department when one of their members was diagnosed with the disease in 2013, ultimately leading to his death.
Now Martin said the camp out is a memorial to their fallen comrade as well as a fundraiser and way help others affected by ALS.
Members of the public are encouraged to stop by the fire station for a coffee and chance to visit with the fire fighters.
People passing by the station can also pull in, honk their horns or make some noise, and the campers on the roof will lower down a boot to take donations. 
“Last year we even had people stop by in the wee hours of the morning, honk their horn and a firefighter would come out of the tent, hoist the boot down, people make a donation, and they hoist the boot back up,” Martin said.
Members of the department will also be taking donations at the Real Canadian Superstore, Sobey’s and Safeway over the weekend for those who can’t make it to the fire station.
A tax receipt can be issued upon request for donations of $25 or more.
The Lloydminster fire Department is also hosting a steak supper at the Canadian Brewhouse on Friday as part of the cause.
Tickets are $25 a person with $10 from each ticket going to the ALS Society of Alberta and can be purchased by contacting either fire station.
“The generosity in the past from Lloydminster has blown us away and we want to thank those who have donated in the past and those that will in the future.”
Last year the fundraiser brought in $23,000 but Martin said they’d be happy with any amount they can bring in.

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