Everything has to come to an end and with that the Hamilton Township Fire Department is ending their Spirit Nights for Essential Workers with a finale of all the apparatus parading together throughout the Township.
Starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 all three stations of Hamilton Township Fire Department will be starting at the Baltimore Rec Centre with approximately 16 firetrucks in, “one big display of respect,” said Chief Kelly Serson.
Spirit Nights started approximately four weeks ago by the firefighters that wanted to thank citizens for adhering to the COVID-19 rules, but also to pay tribute to essential workers including, grocery clerks, truck drivers, servers in restaurants and stores.
“This happened by accident getting requests from the community to celebrate some birthdays and it grew into what we were doing.”
For the last several weeks, the three stations located in Baltimore, Harwood and Bewdley would take their apparatus into the community on Wednesday evenings.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 all the apparatus will be taken throughout the areas together.
“It will be one massive and colossal parade through all of the communities in the Township.”
“Being out there, seeing the people that came out to show their respect and to honour the front line workers and all the people that are doing what they are doing through these difficult times really was touching.”
“It was very emotional and very special.”
Serson adds firefighters are often thanked for the job they do, “but in this time – it’s everybody.” “It’s not just the firefighters. Everybody deserves some form of display of respect. It’s very difficult for everybody that’s involved with what’s going on in our country and in the world.”
The route is as follows:
Assemble at Baltimore Recreation Centre
Turn right onto Community Centre Road to Maple Crescent
Turn left onto Maple Crescent all the way around to Elm Avenue
Turn right onto Elm Avenue to Community Centre Road
Turn right onto Community Centre Road
Community Centre Road to County Road 45
Turn right onto County Road 45 to Harwood Road
turn left onto Harwood Road
Harwood Roase all the way to Rice Lake Scenic Drive (Harwood)
Turn left onto Rice Lake Scenic Drive all the way to Burnham Street (Gores Landing)
Turn left onto Burnham Street to Cavan Road
Turn right onto Cavan Road to County Road 9
Turn left onto County Road 9 to Rice Lake Drive North
Turn right onto Rice Lake Drive North to Lake Street
Turn left onto Lake Street to Bewdley Rec Centre