Friday, November 5, 2010

Remembering and Honouring

Tomorrow our town is expected to more than double in size as the community, paramedics and emergency responders from across North America gather to remember and honour Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka. (More here.)

This morning I happened to be driving back home, over Highway 4 where the pair died. I could have driven home last night, but the rain, dark, my own fatigue, and the thought of what would be niggling away at me the entire time made me stop and spend the night on the other side of the island. We still don't know what happened to Jo-Ann and Ivan, but I don't think I'm alone in giving a lot of thought to when and under what conditions I travel that road. I did before, but now even more so. No doubt many of us can recall scary trips along the highway.

A highway memorial has started and no doubt will grow over the next few days.

It's been a tough year in Tough City, with the plane crash earlier in the year, this accident and many more personal tragedies. But although I never ever wish such sadness on anyone or any town, the way in which our town and its residents reacts to these events makes me love living here all that much more. Everyone is pitching in how they can, helping to remember Jo-Ann and Ivan, and supporting their friends, family and community.

This is how the field looked like as of this morning.

(And this is the process that got it there.) I will post a few more photos, if appropriate, in the next few days.

Here is information on a memorial fund in memory Ivan and Jo-Ann.

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