First responders host tribute parade

by Gayle Wilson

Approximately 100 Lunenburg County volunteer firefighters and EHS personnel turned out for a parade with 25 fire trucks and vehicles in response to the mass shooting in northern and central Nova Scotia April 18 and 19 that took the life of an RCMP officer.

Cst. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the force, was killed April 19 while responding to the mass shooter incident.

  • <p>A screen grab of drone footage captured in Lilydale on April 23.</p>

The procession on April 23 started at the Lunenburg fire station and meandered its way to the RCMP station in Lilydale, where a wreath was laid at the flagpole by the chief of the Mahone Bay fire department, Richard Nowe, and Nick Nowe, a lieutenant with the same department.

Jointly organized by the Mahone Bay and Lunenburg fire departments, the parade included volunteers with those departments as well as fire fighters with the departments in Walden, Martin's River, Indian Point, Blockhouse, Cornwall, Dayspring and Riverport, in addition to EHS personnel. The event was attended by the colour party from Lunenburg and a bag piper.

"We're just giving solace to the RCMP for who they lost, what they've gone through. Just to kind of let everyone know that we're there for them. And we've got their backs," explained Nick Nowe, who helped organize the event.

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