For the first time since before the pandemic, the local RCMP and Cochrane firefighters are facing off on Family Day Monday (Feb. 19) for a fun charity hockey game.
Police and Fire will be lacing up for a 1 p.m. game in Totem One that's about having some fun while giving back to the community they are proud to serve and protect.
"We have a strong friendship and work well together." says firefighter Chris Chyka, president of the Cochrane Firefighters Association, "It's for fun, but what we're trying to do is support the community through the Cochrane Foundation. They touched so many organizations within the town that we felt it was a good charity to give to."
There is no admission to the game. Instead, donations will be accepted, and they'll be other fundraising components, like a puck toss between the second and third period.
Many police officers and firefighters play recreational hockey in the community, including Chyka and RCMP Cst. Darwin Lewko, who is co-organizing the event.
The pair had a little fun announcing the Fire vs RCMP game.
Cst. Lewko said the firefighters are known for adding ringers to their lineup, but that's not the case with the cops.
"We don't go outside, we follow the rules," says Cst. Lewko. "It's all about showing everyone that we don't need to cheat to win," he says.
The Cochrane RCMP won the last game between the two and proudly display the trophy in their detachment.
Cochrane firefighters played their last charity games in 2019. That year they took on both the Airdrie firefighters and Cochrane Generals in support of valuable local causes.
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