By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: March. 24, 2012
Squamish Fire Department beat Squamish RCMP 5-4 at the friendly hockey game at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre on Friday, March. 23.
But the real winner was the community of Squamish and Theo Lazardis, the two-year-old battling an aggressive form of leukemia.
The Guns and Hoses hockey charity game raised $2,443. Matched in equal by the firefighters association, the Lazardis family will receive a total of $4,886.
It was Theo’s little sister, Eden Lazardis, who dropped the puck as Squamish residents eager to cheer their favourite teams packed the hockey rink.
The annual guns and hoses has become a tradition for firefighter like Aaron Foote and his family, wife Nicole, and kids, Ira and Molly.
“This brings the RCMP and firefighters together and really puts us out there in the community,” he said.
RCMP and the Fire department share space in the public safety building on Tantalus Road about ten years ago. The friendly office banter, Foote said, matured into an annual charity game.
“We are raising money for a good cause,” Foote said.
Last year’s Guns and Hoses Hockey game raised more than $4,000 for Baby Lina, who was diagnosed with cancer.
In 2010, more than $3,000 was raised for 26-year-old Nick Miller, who was diagnosed with leukemia.