Sept. 23, 2011, Slave Lake, Alta. - The volunteer firefighters in Slave Lake who saved much of the community from a massive wildfire in mid-May have been named 2011 small town heroes by an Alberta-based retail co-operative.
|Firefighters in Slave Lake, Alta., are the grand prize winners in a provincial contest that recognizes volunteers.
UFA Co-Operative Limited, which operates retail outlets in rural Alberta, said in a press release late Thursday that the firefighters, and a community volunteer in Drayton Valley, Alta., were named grand prize winners of the 2011 UFA Small Town Heroes contest (www.ufa.com/smalltownheroes/index.html).
The prize includes $2,500 to donate to a charity, and a concert in the community by country singer Paul Brant.
UFA said the Slave Lake nomination tells of a team dedicated to preserving local businesses and neighbours' homes at great personal risk.
"What defines a good leader and a hero…" said Joel Fournie, a volunteer firefighter from Priddis, "…is someone who can make decisions which others would not, or cannot."
Entries were judged on impact, creativity, and the number of votes each entry received.