Our community comes together to help seniors after December fire destroys Manor in High River Medicine Tree.
We awoke at 5:50 a.m. on December 15, 2015 to a devastating fire that destroyed the Medicine Tree Manor (under construction and vacant) and damaged the adjacent Soderberg House. Our shock was quickly quelled by acts of kindness, support and immediate emergency response from so many people throughout High River including fire fighters, employees, individuals, municipal officials, emergency services, local services and so many more who helped ensure our seniors were safely temporarily settled, supported our evacuation and supported us while we waited the outcome of the fire.
Our Seniors’ are our priority. Safe, supportive housing is greatly needed in our community and we are committed to rebuilding the Manor.
Thank you to everyone who opened your hearts and quickly mobilized to help our seniors and staff. We would especially like to thank the extraordinary efforts of:
• Fire fighters and volunteers from the following fire departments: High River, Black Diamond, Blackie, Cayley, Heritage Pointe & Okotoks,
• Tenants of Soderberg House and their families,
• Town of High River Emergency Operation Centre,
• Family Community Support Services,
• Town of High River Roads and Infrastructure,
• Foothills Foundation employees for their amazing emergency response and support to fellow employees,
• Clark Builders for assisting in our administrative office evacuation and stabilizing the site,
• Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
• Neighbours on 9th Street and west of MacLeod Trail for accommodating road closures,
• Emergency services volunteers,
• Bev and Bob Richer,
• Community volunteers who prepared meals for the fire department and volunteers,
• Church of Jesus Christ LDS,
• Hull Services,
• Arrow Cabs,
• Heritage Inn,
• Shaw Cable,
• Shawnee Excavating and Trucking
and the High River community for their generous support and response.
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