Red Deer stepped up to battle "The Beast"

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
May 3, 2017 - 2:17am

It's a day that forever changed not only a city, but also a province and, perhaps, an entire country.

When the massive wildfire known as "The Beast" roared into the city of Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, help was not far behind.

Red Deer firefighters and emergency services staff raced to the frontlines while residents here opened their homes, and their hearts, to more than 2,500 displaced residents.

All the while, Red Deer's fire chief, who held the same post in Fort McMurray, tried to keep his composure while watching from afar.

The events of last spring will have a lasting impact on many. Here's a look back at how Red Deer stepped up to do its part...


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