By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News
The Stirling Fire Department will be making some arrests on Thursday.
In their Jail & Bail fundraiser for the Stirling Fire and Rescue Association, to help raise awareness for PTSD and support local community programs, the department will be arresting people and holding them in jail cells at the Galt Railway Museum.
“In this area, we need to have more awareness of (PTSD) for firefighters ad people in law enforcement,” said Robin Fisher, Stirling fire chief. “The funds are also being raised for community awareness on fire stuff as well.
“Education is important, more than going to an actual fire. I think educating the public on safety is (better).”
People are being asked to donate to help raise bail for the unfortunate arrestees.
The 12 arrestees seeking bail include the fire chief, Stirling CAO Scott Donselaar and Mayor Trevor Lewington, who says his “arbitrary and clearly unsupported charge” is “Cancelling the Firemans Breakfast normally held during Settler Days. There are still hungry people waiting for pancakes.” “I’ve also been warned that my bail will start at $2,000 and could escalate quite quickly from there if I don’t behave myself. You can see the inherent risk there,” said Lewington. “I’m hoping you will consider helping this soon to be excon out.”
Fisher’s bail starts at $1,500. The arrestees’will be held at the museum’s jail cells from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.
To donate, people are asked to contact the village office, and donation forms are available online. The village will issue tax receipts for all donations over $20.