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Costume cheer squad inviting Vernon community to support firefighters

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September 06, 2021 - 4:02 PM

A Vernon neighbourhood known for boosting the morale of firefighters is returning this week to support them in a new, quirky way.

Vernon resident and organizer Jo Dalby said on Wednesday night, Aug. 8, from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. a group of residents are inviting the community to participate in a costumer cheer to boost the spirits of the firefighters.

They’ll be standing at the corner of Old Kamloops Road and Goose Lake Road, waving signs while in costume as firefighters drive by, she said.

Amanda Quiring originally started the cheer for firefighters at that intersection which has been ongoing throughout the summer but Dalby, with her passion for dressing up, is organizing the event, she said.

Dalby and her family have dressed in costumes and shown up at random locations around town to boost everyone’s spirits, including for a child’s birthday, throughout the pandemic, she said.

“We hope it spreads throughout Vernon,” she said. “I think we’ve had upwards of 150 people at ours.”

Her neighbourhood was also on evacuation alert due to the White Rock Lake wildfire, so the cheer group was also a good distraction for residents, she said.

“It’s been really great to see our community coming out of our houses since we’ve been locked up for so long,” she said.

The cheers have been met with positive reception from firefighters who have slowed down and honked as they’ve driven by, she said. Residents are welcome to dress in whatever costumes they want.

The White Rock Lake wildfire is currently classified as being held. Earlier this summer, it caused the entire City of Vernon to be placed on an evacuation alert.

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