The Britannia Wilton Fire Department is responding to a family health alarm in the community.
Eight-year-old Colby Jezowski, of Lloydminster, has been diagnosed with cancer and will be seeking treatment over the next three years at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
“This has placed an immeasurable burden on this family and we can’t even begin to image what they are going through,” said Aaron Buckingham, captain of the department.
A fundraising benefit for the Jezowskis will take place at the fire department’s 24th annual Fireman’s Ball April 9 at the Stockade Convention Centre.
“I think that’s a really cool thing and a great way for us to be able to give back to the community,” said Buckingham.
The rural fire department chooses a local donation each year and continues to look for situations where the funds can be of immediate use to a group or organization.
Buckingham said helping the Jezowski family keeps with the fundamental values of a fire department to be there in someone’s time of need.
Buckingham noted Colby is battling a fight much worse than any fire they fight.
“If we can help in some way we absolutely want to, and I think this year’s ball will be a way that the community can gather to enjoy a great night of dining, dancing and celebrating with us and at the same time, taking some of the burden away from this family,” he said.
Tickets are $50 per person with corporate tables available from any firefighter or the RM of Britannia office in Lloydminster.
All of proceeds will go toward funding the Jezowski’ expenses.
“We hope that we can sell this event out and raise as much money as we can for this family,” said Buckingham.
“We are also accepting silent auction and door prize donations to aid in our fundraising efforts.”
Each ticket is entered in the grand prize draw for $1,000 and includes live music from Kenny Mac.
Buckingham and his 29 volunteer firefighters will be in uniform at the ball with business casual wear recommended for everyone else.
“We don’t want people to think they have to be dressed to the nines to come out to this event,” he said.
“Business casual is the best way we can describe it.”
The fundraiser is also an opportunity for the fire department to honour some of their members with service awards.
One member is getting a 20 year award with more details to follow.
Buckingham said so far, 2016 has not been a busy year for his department, but that could change soon.
“For us being a rural fire department, we really watch things like how much snow we get in the winter because often that will dictate how busy we are in the spring,” he said.
“With no snow this year, it may be a busy spring for us as far as the grass fire season goes.”