Organizer Dan Davies explains the Rangers are a group of Canadian Forces reservists that do search and rescue and assist local police.
“They do a lot of that work that a lot of people don’t even know,” he argues. “They predominantly stick to smaller communities, but they are for use for the entire region if there’s any kind of emergencies.”
The Heroes Dinner is held annually to recognize and thank local men and women in uniform, as well as those who contribute to our community.
“First and foremost people that are first responders that put their personal lives aside to make sure that we have the lives that we have,” says Davies, “right down to the people who volunteer with the multiple organizations that are in Fort St. John. Fort St. John is the community of Fort St. John because of the volunteers that we have.
The event was attended by members of Peace Region RCMP, B.C. Ambulance, cadets and local government representatives, along with members of the Hudson’s Hope Ranger Patrol.
Proceeds from the six-course dinner and silent auction will go to the Honour House Society, which runs a residence house for the families of Canadian Forces and First Responders who are in Vancouver for medical appointments.
Davies explains it is free of charge, to help alleviate the costs of visiting loved ones.
“I see a lot of people from Fort St. John having to travel down to Vancouver, they’re on the waiting list for all these different houses. This is something that’s specific to our RCMP, paramedics, fire, military, and veterans. Now it’s a place that they can go and stay for free.”
The numbers haven’t been tallied yet, but it’s expected the night raised over $1,000.