The official list of 9/11 terror attack casualties includes 343 firefighters, 60 police, and eight EMTs and paramedics. These were people who selflessly raced toward the towers as thousands of people fled for their lives.
In the years that have followed, thousands of responders have continued to suffer cancer and debilitating illness because they answered that call to help.
On Friday, the Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Service Honour Guard, on behalf of IAFF Local 237 and Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services, held a memorial service as part of a local tradition of honouring their fallen brothers and sisters of the fire service.
That day, says Lethbridge fire chief Richard Hildebrand, was the beginning of a recognition in many people that being an emergency responder carries with it hazards and dangers that go beyond what many people might be able to endure.
“I think this is a celebration and a commemoration of the people who have lost their lives. But also a celebration of the people who do the job today,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity, I think, to give thanks to those who do the job.”
Lethbridge residents were able to celebrate the end of the harvest season during AppleFest on Saturday.
“We target apples because apples are wasted, thrown out and lost probably more than any other fruit in Lethbridge,” said Gilles Leclair, the president of Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association and AppleFest committee member.
“Apples are a wonderful thing, they’re healthy, there’s a lot of them and we can do a lot of things with apples, so this is kind of a celebration of that.”
Residents were able to bring their own apples and watch as Ron Svrcek transformed them into juice to take home. However, the festival is more than just apples. Gilles said the event helped celebrate sustainability at all levels. Throughout the event on a windy cool day at Galt Gardens, there were various activities for the kids, music, apple demonstrations and various booths were set up that focused on sustainability.