Fundraiser planned for accident victim

A group of Fort St. John oilfield workers are coming together for a co-worker who was hit by a drunk driver.

Will Ellis works at the Firemaster Oilfield Service in Fort St. John.  On his days off, he returns home to Kamloops, where his wife and seven-year old child live.  At the end of July, Ellis was making his way home, when he was struck by a drunk driver near Grande Cache. 

Co-worker Craig Dykeman says Ellis is recovering, but his injuries are severe. [asset|aid=1766|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3264ac78c554772f024685156d831ba-Craig Dykeman 2_1_Pub.mp3]

Dykeman says there was no damage to Ellis’ brain, but the injuries will take a very long time to heal.   It is still uncertain if Ellis will be able to walk again, which would mean his home in Kamloops might need to be made wheelchair-accessible.

So, to help Ellis and his family, the workers at Firemaster will be holding a fundraiser.  Grande Prairie’s Service Plus Inn has donated a two night stay in the Jacuzzi Suite with a 100 dollar certificate to the next-door Casino.  The Best Western in Red Deer, Alberta has donated a one night stay in the Executive Jacuzzi Suite, and Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Hotel will be donating prizes too.  Tickets are expected to be on sale shortly, and the official draw will be held on October 15th. [asset|aid=1767|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3264ac78c554772f024685156d831ba-Craig Dykeman 1_1_Pub.mp3]

If anyone has any questions, they can contact Craig Dykeman at 250-261-4073.