Tiffany Schaefer remembers well the afternoon she almost lost her property to a grass fire.
The owner of the Happy Hollow Corn Maze in the Lumsden Valley was home with her children on the afternoon of April 26 when she saw the smoke in the distance.
“We assumed maybe it was neighbours having a fire,” Schaefer said. “Then all of a sudden the cops showed up.”
Schaefer and her neighbours were forced to flee while firefighters from Lumsden and surrounding communities put out the blaze. They were lucky. Nobody was hurt and the only property lost was a shed housing some of the Schaefer’s farm equipment.
Now she is thanking the Lumsden Volunteer Fire Department in the form of a design for Happy Hollow’s maze. It features the fire department’s logo with the words “Lumsden Heroes Saving Lives.”
Jeff Carey is the chief of the fire department. He said one of his firefighters saw the photo of the maze on Facebook and showed the crew. He called the act “humbling.”
“Nobody really looks for that kind of recognition or honour,” said Carey. “Most of these guys are here just to help out in their community and the area they live in. So for a place like that to do something like that, it’s a pretty good pat on the back I think.”
He said his crew will be acknowledging the kind gesture.
“A lot of the guys were going to try to get out there this weekend with their families and go to it. We definitely want to help them out.”
Schaefer is thrilled that they want to support her business. That’s why she is inviting all first responders and their families to enjoy a free visit to the maze Saturday and Sunday. The maze will still be open to the public, with admission at $13 per person. One dollar from every ticket sold on Saturday will be donated to the Lumsden Volunteer Fire Department.
“It was so touching how much they did do, and that they came back the next day to make sure that everything was still ok,” said Schaefer. “It was amazing.”
Schaefer is also thankful for the other fire departments who came to help the day of the fire, and her neighbours who provided their own equipment, such as water tanks and trenching vehicles.
Details for the weekend event can be found on Happy Hollow’s Facebook page and on its website, happyhollow.ca.