Somber Day. April 6th 2018. Some of you may be aware of the tragic bus crash of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team on April 6th, 2018 that took the lives of 16 people. Humboldt, Saskatchewan is 25 miles from our farm. It is the city where we do all of our business except schooling. It is where I was born as well as all members of my family. So except for the fact I grew up on a farm, Humboldt was our main centre and it is for all
close rural communities.
The devastating bus crash got National and International coverage. We had many American reporters staying in Humboldt including Lester Holt(NBC). It is a very close-knit community of German settlers . But this crash has very close connections to our family. One of our relatives, and 2 family friends were killed in this crash.
Closest connection to me was a survivor who was one of my former music students from the last school before I retired. He had a friend from the public school beside our Catholic School .
Both of these boys, rose up in the hockey ranks and went on to play Junior Hockey with the Humboldt Broncos... they were both in the bus crash. The student I taught survived ...his friend did not.
There were 16 deaths in total. We were avid fans of this hockey team and still are. So devastating for our community and the recovery process is ongoing. One thing that is never mentioned is the effects on the First Responders that came to the crash site that occurred on a road that our family uses often ..60 miles from the farm. These First Responders saw the most horrible things no human should ever see. And these responders knew the members of hockey team. Many could not return to their jobs after and are in counselling still.😥