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Vancouver Canucks to recognize local firefighter, volunteer, coach

Brent Morgan: Community Hero for Canucks-Kraken game Dec. 22 at Rogers Arena
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Fort St. John firefighter and long-time volunteer Brent Morgan will be recognized Dec. 22 as a community hero by the Vancouver Canucks at its game against the Seattle Kraken.

A well-known member of Fort St. John’s firefighting community is being recognized for his countless hours of volunteering and charity work.

Capt. Brent Morgan, a member of the city’s fire department, will be honoured by the Vancouver Canucks as part of its Community Heroes program.

“It’s pretty cool to be recognized,” said Morgan, humbled by the NHL hockey team’s choice for its Dec. 22 game.

“I’m not really looking for that kind of stuff, but it’s neat when you get selected.”

Morgan has been a long-standing volunteer with the B.C. Burn Fund, now in his ninth year as its northern director – the fund, the main charity of the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association.

Part of his contribution is being a counsellor and mentor at a summer camp held every July for children between six and eighteen impacted by burns.

“This camp is such a life-changing experience for kids who have gone through these terrible injuries. It’s a chance for them to realize they’re not alone. It really helps to build their confidence moving forward in life,” added Morgan, on a project near and dear to his heart.

“At every Canucks home game, we recognize someone who has gone above and beyond for their community,” said Vancouver Canucks’ coordinator of community engagement and social impact, Robyn Bossons, in a text to Morgan.

“The person receives two tickets to the game and has the opportunity to crank the game opening siren.”

According to Bossons, the recognition is for his work with, not only with the burn fund, but the Fort St. John Fire Department, Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, and involvement in minor hockey.

“He is a welcome asset to our organization,” said Huskies head coach Todd Alexander in describing Morgan, a second-year assistant coach with the club.

“He’s one of the best humans I know.”

Alexander is impressed with his level of dedication to everything Morgan gets involved with, including the hockey team.

Case in point – the original date the Canucks had hoped to recognize the firefighter was Dec. 10, but with the Huskies playing that night, he asked for a new date.

“That just shows you Brent's passion and seriousness towards this team. He wants to be there for the boys. Anybody who wants to show up and makes sure the players have the best night that they can, each and every night, is an individual you want on your club.”

Brent’s older brother, Scott, couldn’t be more proud of the recognition his sibling is receiving.

“He is a very generous person. He gives time to anything and everything. He’s always been like that,” said Scott.

“When he moved up to Fort St. John, he got involved almost right away with the Big Brother program and it’s carried on with the fire department.”

Unfortunately, Scott, who is the Canucks supporter in the family, won’t be able to join his brother for the game against the Seattle Kraken because of work.

He’s probably thankful, though, it wasn’t the Jan. 21 game, against Edmonton, that was chosen.

“Brent is actually a huge Oilers fan. He asked me if he should wear his Oilers jersey to the [Dec. 22 game] game.”

(Big brother set him straight)

Well done, Brent, on being recognized as a community hero.

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