SLAVE LAKE, Alta. - A Mountie in northern Alberta has received a Medal of Honour from the Town of Slave Lake for his work during the wildfires that devastated the community in May 2011.
Sgt. Rodney Klenk, who is currently with the Fort Chipewyan detachment, was posted to the Slave Lake traffic unit at the time.
The RCMP say Klenk worked non-stop in monitoring and evacuating residents of the town, all the while his own family and personal property was in the same jeopardy.
Even after the evacuation, Klenk continued to work for two more days "with little rest, food or potable water."
RCMP Insp. Ron Makar says Klenk deserves the recognition "for his dedication to ensuring public safety."
One-third of the town was destroyed in the fire.
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Slave Lake fire chief Jamie Coutts talks about how quickly the wildfire grew out of control, the efforts and value of volunteer firefighters, loss of property, etc. Filmed May 24, 2011.
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Heading west is not working... even though they were directing us that way. There is sooo much smoke covering the sky in the west from the other forest fire to the SW of town. They highway will be closed ahead... people are being turned around. The number to call concerning evacuated relatives 1 800 565-4483
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slave lake forest fire may 2011
I just ran to save our moterhome , so my family had a place to live