We have amazing first responders in our community.
More proof of that came in a couple of recent incidents.
As we first reported online last Friday and on today’s front page, advanced care paramedic Jen Hastie is being praised by Delta firefighters for her quick actions that helped save lives in a recent house fire.
Off-duty and on her way to her Ladner home, Hastie saw smoke blowing across the road near 55B Street. Instead of not paying it any attention, she rolled down her window, smelled the smoke and slowed down to investigate. Driving another block she saw flames coming from the back of a home.
She immediately contacted her dispatch at B.C. Emergency Health Services to call Delta Fire.
But her heroic actions didn’t stop there. She went running up to the front door and alerted the family of the fire. The family had no clue there were in danger. She then alerted the neighbours next door as the fire had spread to the neighbouring property.
Hastie was very modest when she described what she did, but make no mistake, she is a hero in my book. Had she not stopped and offered assistance, who knows what might have been a tragic outcome.
Our Delta Firefighters also are on my heroes list this week.
The firefighters, through their charitable society, continue to give back in a big way to their school snack program.
What started out as six schools – the program now involves 32 schools across Delta with the firefighters donating $30,000 to the program this week
In three years the firefighters have helped to ensure that children in our community don’t go hungry at school.
Whether they are on duty or off duty, Delta’s first responders are there for all of us. We are so lucky and fortunate and owe a debt of thanks to all of these wonderful men and women.