To the Editor:
On behalf of the 1813 Army Cadets Corps, officers, parents and guardians, we would like send out a thank you to a few of the Good Samaritans from Creston and Salmo.
On March 15 at around 7 p.m., 30 cadets from the 1813 Army Cadet Corps, five cadets from the 904 Air Cadet Squadron and chaperones were returning from our five-day trip to Victoria when our bus broke down on the Salmo-Creston highway. As everyone knows, there is no cell service, so despite the vast number of cellphones on board, we could not call for help. Of course, by this time it was dark and was snowing heavier.
Soon, a Yellowhead Road and Bridge plow truck came over the crest and down towards us. The driver stopped and parked so that the oncoming traffic could see that there was a bus stranded on the side of the road. The plow truck was able to contact Capt. Gri, in Creston and let her know of our predicament, so that parents who had been waiting could be notified of our delay, and the busing company was contacted.
Soon there was a Greyhound bus stopping. Many of us took it for granted that the bus was dispatched by the busing company to continue the cadets on to Creston and then to Cranbrook. We found out after the luggage was transferred and we were loaded up and on our way that it was a scheduled run.
We cannot thank the passersby who stopped to help out, the plow truck driver and the Greyhound bus drivers enough for getting us home. All of these people deserve kudos for stopping on a dark and snowy night and getting all of us home safe and sound. You truly are our heroes!
Stacey Durksen, Chair
1813 Army Cadet Parent Society