Mourning the loss of Leo Sabulsky

Re: 'Leo Sabulsky, Chetwynd fire chief and media pioneer, dies at 67', Alaska Highway News, July 11

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Chetwynd’s Leo Sabulsky. Throughout the years that I have known Leo I have always been struck by how much he loved his community and more importantly, its people.

As Chetwynd’s Fire Chief, he worked hard every day to keep our residents safe. He was also a strong advocate for ensuring our voices and stories were heard through his work as Chairman of the Chetwynd Communications Society. It is thanks to his leadership that both Peace FM and CHET TV were launched and continue to provide community content today. I will miss tuning in to hear him on his weekly radio show Leo & Friends.

In December I had the honour of presenting Leo with his Governor General’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal recognizing his 40 years of service. Leo was also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, the BC Community Achievement Award in 2008, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, all of which recognized his years of dedicated service to our region. We have lost a true community leader.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Janice, his children Aimee, Alesia and Michael, and his grandchildren.

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— MP Bob Zimmer, Fort St. John

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