OPP, FDNH lace up skates for Victim Services - March 29, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The North Huron Heat Seekers, comprised of members of the Blyth and Wingham Firefighters Associations, faced off against the Huron OPP Ice Hogs at the Blyth and District Community Centre on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for Victim Services of Huron County.
While the Ice Hogs may have won the game, the real winners that day were those people who benefit from the assistance that Victim Services of Huron County provide. Representative Deb Logue explained that nearly $1,800 was raised through the game, the chuck-a-puck competition and the silent auction.
“Every donation is fantastic,” she said. “We were a little down from last year, but everything helps.”
The hockey game, which was held in Huron East last year, is part of the organization branching out into new fundraising opportunities after traditionally relying on its annual Dancing with the Stars event as its primary fundraiser.
Logue explained that expansion is designed not just to increase fundraising potential, but also to spread the word about the group and the services they provide.
“It brings awareness of what Victim Services offers and shows the collaboration and camaraderie between first responders who we often work with,” Logue said.
The game brought out approximately 100 visitors, which was similar to last year’s game, Logue said.
Unfortunately for the local fire departments, Logue said there seems to be a bit of a trend starting where the firefighters can’t keep up with their police competition.
“It could be because the OPP play a little more regularly,” she said. “They might have more cohesion on the ice, but the good humour on the ice is pretty standard.”
Logue didn’t comment on the fact that retired OPP officer Don Shropshall was the head referee for the game or any impact that may have had on the final score.
She said there seems to be a stigma when it comes to the relationship between firefighters and police and it’s good that, locally, people are able to joke about that.
Victim Services of Huron County’s next fundraiser is an auction event scheduled for April 25 at the Seaforth and District Community Centre auditorium. For more information, contact the organization at 519-600-4108 or visit them online on Facebook or at