Gateway Gazette

Loss of Lac Ste. Anne Firefighter

Don_Bamber3It is with deepest sorrow that Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services announces the passing of one of our valued Fire Fighters; Fire Fighter Donald Bamber, District 4 (Sangudo).

Lac Ste. Anne County would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Don Bambers family, friends, comrades and the community at this difficult time.

Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services departments from Sangudo and Mayerthorpe responded to a vehicle fire on HWY 43 and Range Road 72 at 21:25 on August 6, 2014.

During this event 58 year-old Firefighter Donald Bamber was providing scene support in a water transfer operation between tanker trucks, and suffered a medical emergency which resulted in fatal cardiac arrest. Emergency response members on-scene provided immediate CPR; however the Firefighter was not able to be revived and was later pronounced deceased in hospital.

Firefighter Bamber, a long-time resident of the area, joined Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services District 4 (Sangudo) on May 11, 2013, and was a valued member of the Fire Services along with his son, and son-in-law. He was a tremendous volunteer and supporter of the Fire Services and numerous community groups throughout the area.

Firefighter Bamber’s funeral service will be with full department honours on August 14, 2014, at 14:00hrs at the Bamber Family Farm, south of the Hamlet of Sangudo.

Lac Ste. Anne County continues to provide care and support to the Bamber family and his fellow
Firefighters during this time.

Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services remains operational.

The Bamber Family has asked that any donations be made to the following in memory of Don:

Fire Fighter Burn Treatment Society
Edmonton Chapter
Suite #1, 7024 – 101 Avenue, N.W.
Edmonton, Alberta
T6A 0H7

Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick issued the following statement:

“On the evening of August 6, a volunteer firefighter with Lac Ste. Anne Fire Services, Sangudo Station died while responding to a call.

“Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA George VanderBurg and I are both shocked and saddened by this loss. We’d like to offer our sincere condolences to this member’s family and friends and to the members of the Lac Ste. Anne Fire Services who lost their friend and colleague.

“This is a poignant reminder that first responders risk their lives every day to keep Albertans safe. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, we offer our support to the community as they deal with this tragic loss.”

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