Lacombe boy raises money for fire department at birthday party

A five-year-old Lacombe boy’s only birthday wish was to support the Lacombe Fire Department.

Konnor Britsky raised $240 at his recent birthday party and donated it to the department Monday afternoon.

“He’s the kindest kid ever,” said Kalyn Britsky, Konnor’s mother. “He’s always looking out for everyone else and making sure they’re feeling good about themselves. He’s just kind.”

Konnor will officially turn six on Dec. 29 – his party was held a few weeks early. This is the second straight year he donated money raised at his birthday party – last year he raised money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“He was supposed to keep half of the money to buy a gift for himself and donate the other half this year, but he was so excited to help the fire station,” he said.

Members of the fire department accepted the donation and gifted an antique firetruck to Konnor Monday after school.

Eric Graham, Lacombe Fire Department deputy fire chief, said he has a lot of respect for Konnor.

“To see someone so young thinking about other people … is pretty cool,” he said. “It’s a pretty selfless act for somebody so young to donate that money to a cause he felt was worthy.”

The Lacombe Firefighters Association will use Konnor’s donation to support a fire department in Paraguay.

“There’s emergency services, firefighters and fire departments that are definitely in need of that type of stuff,” he said. “The fire department has been working for several years, sending donations like that down to Paraguay to help departments develop there.”

Graham said the association has accepted donations to support Paraguay departments for a number of years.

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