A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of rancher James Hargrave, who died in a vehicle crash while helping to fight wildfires along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border.
Hargrave, 34, was chairman of the Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association and first vice-president of the Western Stock Growers Association. The Walsh-area rancher “was community minded and joined the fire services to help and protect residents far and near,” Cypress County officials said in a statement.
According to Redcliff RCMP, Hargrave was helping to fight a wildfire on Oct. 17 when the water truck he was driving was in a collision with a pickup truck.
“This tragic loss of life speaks to the danger that this emergency posed and also to the heroism of the volunteers who sacrifice in service of their neighbours,” RCMP said.
To contribute to the fund set up to help Hargrave’s wife and young family, go to the GoFundMe page “In Memory of James Hargrave.”