Heroic actions saved our home, thanks to so many people

My family and I would like to extend our thanks to the many firefighters who responded and fought so hard and diligently to contain our barn that went up in flames in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, March 14.

My family and I would like to extend our thanks to the many firefighters who responded and fought so hard and diligently to contain our barn that went up in flames in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, March 14.

Thank you to Red Deer County Fire, Sylvan Lake and City of Red Deer Fire Departments. There are no words to completely express our deepest gratitude to all. If it weren’t for their quick response, we may have lost our home, too.

I would like to recognize two young men passing by our farm. If it weren’t for their persistent actions to wake us at 2 a.m. to alarm us to the fire and call 911, the outcome could have been worse. Tyson Harris and Cody Duthie, you are true heroes. The boys also rescued my horses and cattle, attempted to move equipment and put themselves in harm’s way.

I would like to also thank Tom Metzger — county Fire Chief — and his crew for their support in the aftermath. I also would like to extend a thank you to David Harvey for all your extra support.

To all the neighbours and friends who came to our aid immediately following the fire, who came by and checked on us, contacted us, prayed for us, made meals and extended their help, we love each of you.

We feel blessed that our home was saved and no lives or animals were lost or harmed.

In January 2014, we lost our hay shed, which was full of RVs and boats and vehicles, to snow load. Once again our neighbours and friends came to our rescue.

We are very blessed to live in such a wonderful community.

Thank you,

Shirley, Connor, Courtney, Kenzie and Quentin Armitage

Red Deer County

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