A fire helmet presented to Gordie Howe by the Fort St. John Fire Department surfaced in an online auction this month. The helmet, given to Howe at the inaugural Firemen's Ball in 2007 was auctioned off for $2,610 American, or about $3,700 Canadian.
The money raised from the auction went towards The Howe Foundation, which serves to help those in need and enable them to apprecaite the sport of hockey and participate in events. It was founded by Howe's wife Colleen.
Fire Department Captain Brent Morgan remembers Howe was in Fort St. John for the trade show that year, at the same weekend the ball was being held.
"We reached out to him and asked if he wanted to attend. We sold tickets to be seated next to him, and he agreed to come and did so for free," Morgan said.
The fire department was very grateful, and wanted to thank Howe in a unique way.
"We thought it would be a neat idea to give him a personalized Fort St. John Fire Department helmet," said Morgan.
Howe later signed the helmet and dated it.
"He was pretty touched by it at the time. It was something he didn't have before, and the fact that he held on to it until now shows that he appreciated it," said Morgan.
Morgan said members of the fire department bid on it but were priced out during the auction process.
There were 75 bids placed on the helmet. The auction closed on February 27.
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