PENTICTON (NEWS 1130) – Crews from Penticton and Burnaby continue to help search for victims and survivors in the Bahamas after Dorian slammed into the area as a Category 5 Hurricane about a week ago.
The team arrived on Sunday, and are embarking on 4-days of searching, where they won’t have much cell-phone reception.
Penticton’s Fire Chief and his dog Sammy, are among those helping. Penticton Deputy Fire Chief Chris Forester says to many in the community, Chief Larry Watkinson is an inspiration.
“We are so proud of our Fire Chief,” he says. “He’s a great leader when he’s in town. This just shows the fortitude in him.”
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Forester says the Chief and his dog are both primed for a big welcome when they do head home.
“He gives every part of his life to emergency services,” Forester says. “Whether it’s locally, to his department or internationally. That’s just the type of person Larry Watkinson is.”
Photos from the Penticton Fire Department show Watkinson and Sammy working hard while absolute devastation paints the background.
More than 40 people were killed when Dorian hit the area and hundreds remain missing.