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Fort McMurray overpass will honour first responders


November 4, 2016
By Andrew Snook


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Premier Rachel Notley with Fort McMurray firefighters Photo: Alberta Transportation

November 3, 2016 – The Government of Alberta recently announced that it is naming the portion of King Street where it crosses Highway 63 as “Responders Way”.

“On the first day of re-entry, first responders stood on the bridge and welcomed Albertans home,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. “People will think of this touching moment every time they cross the bridge or drive under it. Naming the bridge is a fitting way for us to forever remember the efforts of first responders during the fire.”

Alberta Transportation stated that it will work with the Municipality of Wood Buffalo to ensure that there is appropriate signage to recognize the name change.

“Our commitment reflects the impact made by the many responders who willingly assisted under extremely challenging circumstances,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation. “It is notable as well that Responders Way was the unofficial welcome-home point as residents returned to their city and their homes.”

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“Words alone cannot express the bravery and dedication of our first responders during that time, nor the gratitude we all feel for their dedication,” added Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. “We are delighted at the support from the Government of Alberta to ensure a lasting tribute will be in place for generations to come.”