Members of the Alnwick/Haldimand Township Fire Department Held a “Lake to Lake Firefighter Walk” for Movember on November 19, 2023.
Alnwick/Haldimand Township firefighter Mark Mitro organized the walk that started at Rice Lake at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning culminated at their final destination at Station Road and Chub Point at Lake Ontario south of Grafton which the firefighters arrived at 4:38 p.m.
There were approximately 25 firefighters involved on Sunday, most walking during the day, but some driving trucks and the total distance was approximately 55 kilometres for the relay.
Firefighters wearing bunker gear and one wearing an air pack set out stopping at various locations along the way including the Scenery Drive Restaurant which donated $50.00.
Firefighter Kyle Jeremy who had testicular cancer said the support he’s received over the years has been “overwhelming.”
“Everybody has come out and helped us out over the years – and it’s really nice to see.”
February 2020, Jeremy was given the “all clear” and thankfully he’s been clear since.
One of the firefighters walked from Rice Lake to Station 2 in Centreton and jokingly said the hardest part was showing up.
“It’s a great morning, beautiful weather and great people to walk with. It’s a great cause that we’re trying to raise money for and I’m just glad to be apart of it.”
The last leg of the journey just after donning the air pack at The Lass & Ladle, Mitro said the event was “awesome.”
After posing for a group photo by Lake Ontario, two of the firefighters decided it was time for a dip in the lake.
Next Sunday five fire departments from across Northumberland County will be at the Wicklow Boat Launch for a Polar Bear Dip to raise funds for Movember.