June 21st, 2024

Fire Fit team celebrates with Curtis Noble’s family

By Samantha Johnson Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on November 1, 2023.

Medicine Hat Fire Fit team Josh Hauck, Michael Arnold and Steven Seymour stand for a photo with Curtis Noble's family. From left are Curtis's children Leah, Julie and Keelin, his mom and dad Jeanne and Blaine and Curtis's widow Jennifer. Each are wearing medals the Fire Fit won, and Leah, Julie and Keelin are holding the trophies.--NEWS PHOTO SAMANTHA JOHNSON

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The Medicine Hat Fire Fit team managed to secure four wins at the national competition in Sarnia in mid-September. They had to leave prior to the award ceremony as a member of the team was due back at work and it took a few weeks for them to receive their medals and trophies.

The trophies remain in the case at Fire Station No. 2 on Trans-Canada Way and the team members keep the gold medals. The team placed first in the over-40 team, over-40 relay, over-40 hybrid tech team – a two-man relay with a member from another department, which Michael Arnold ran with a member from Regina – and over-45 individual (for Steven Seymour).

The members of the team, Josh Hauck, Seymour and Arnold, competed this year in memory of fellow firefighter Curtis Noble. This past Sunday, the team gave a medal each to Curtis’s three children Leah, Julie and Keelin. His wife Jennifer along with Curtis’s parents Jeanne and Blaine were also present and all were wearing shirts the team had made for this year’s competition.

“I wanted to congratulate them for all their efforts and we are so proud to have the best in Medicine Hat. I would also like to thank them for keeping Curtis’s memory alive, it means so much to us,” said Jeanne.

Daughter Julie added, “I am very thankful for you guys doing the Fire Fit challenge in memorial of my dad.” Julie also appreciated the shirts the team had made, which have In Memory of Curtis Noble on the right sleeve.

The team couldn’t compete in the world championships this year due to timing and lack of funds.

“Next year, nationals will be in Kamloops and we should hopefully be able to go to worlds if we get sponsors,” explained Seymour. “We didn’t start looking for sponsors until August and the community was amazing and came together to make it work.”

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