Editorial: Hometown heroics

It was another crazy Monday in the lakecity this week where we’ve certainly had our fill of news lately.

It was another crazy Monday in the lakecity this week where we’ve certainly had our fill of news lately.

This Monday, city commuters witnessed the start of a raging fire which destroyed the main building at one of the community’s long-standing businesses, United Concrete and Gravel Ltd.

Clearly, it was a devastating loss for the owners, Sue and Paul Zacharias,who were gearing up for the busy construction season ahead.

However, they dealt with the tough day with poise, dignity and resilience as did their staff who surrounded the couple throughout the ordeal with support.

True to form, Williams Lake residents were also quick to step up and offer to help out in any way possible.

Just like at the Slumber Lodge fire in March, where firefighters spent their Easter Sunday working and Margetts Meats business owner John Margetts quietly swooped in to help Taylor Made Cakes owners Dale and Brenda Taylor save their freezer foods from melting due to the power outage.

Zacharias is also a city councillor and has been acutely aware of the violent crime which has put a black eye on the city’s reputation, particularly with last Monday’s residential and school-wide lockdown while police searched for a shooter.

Zacharias said the big-hearted town she was overwhelmed by during the fire Monday is the real Williams Lake.

A city where the fire chief, at home on a day off, puts down his coffee and rushes to the scene, where other business owners offer up space and neighbours help neighbours.

We couldn’t agree more.

– Williams Lake Tribune

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