A very special reunion is being held this Saturday, Sept. 24 at the site of the old Fire Hall on 2nd Ave. across from the FCSS office, and residents are invited to hear this inspiring, good news story.
On Sept. 23, 1982, Kristi Perrault was born on the kitchen table of Cochrane's fire hall when it was too late for her mother to be rushed to the Foothills Hospital. Locally, she became known as the "Cochrane Fire Hall Baby."
Kristi was adopted by a loving family and after a search was able to reconnect with her birth mom in 2005. Kristi, her parents, her birth mother, and her siblings have all nurtured a strong relationship ever since.
But there was still a piece missing. Kristi knew who had delivered her but had never met him.
By chance, Dr. Dennis Fundytus, now retired, was recently at the Foothills Hospital, where Kristi is a nurse, and she was able to connect with him.
When she built up the nerve to ask him if he had practiced in Cochrane, he exclaimed, "Oh my God, you're the Cochrane Fire Hall Baby!" retells Kristi. "And it has blossomed into what we're all discussing now. It's truly been fate's way of bringing us all together, and for this to be happening the day after I turn 40, is pretty crazy."
Dr. Fundytus, Brian Winter, Cochrane Fire Chief at the time, also a paramedic, and two others responded to the emergency call.
Since fate brought them together again, Kristi, Dennis, and Brian have been working to bring this story to residents and expect the program will last 30 to 45 minutes.
"Come out, bring a lawn chair, see some of the firefighters that were around in 1982, meet the biological mother, meet the Fire Hall Baby, in fact, she turns 40 the day before," says Winter. "Just mingle around, and reminisce, and you might see someone you haven't seen for a while."
He says they'll be several speakers sharing the story and anticipates the program will run 30 to 45 minutes.
They'll begin sharing this feel-good story at 10:30 a.m.