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Dedicate New Building-A large crowd was present for the formal dedication and grand opening of the Elizabeth R. Washebek Memorial Building in the Town of Brazeau. The new building will be home to the Town of Brazeau Ambulance Service and station two for the Town of Brazeau Fire Department. The building is named in honor of Elizabeth R. Washebek, a member of the Brazeau Ambulance Service who was killed on February 6, 1989 when the ambulance she was in collided with a truck. Top Photo-shows the new building that will house the ambulance and fire department. Middle Photo-Town officials who were instrumental in getting the new building built include left to right Gerald Kempka, Rodney Gretzon, Jean Grosse, Scott Thomson and Ryan Wendt. Bottom Photos " Town of Brazeau Fire Chief John Fetterly, Karen Washebek-Carlin and Senator Tom Tiffany say a few words in honor of Elizabeth Washebek.
New Brazeau Building Honors Elizabeth Washebek
Issue Date: June 7, 2018
Emotions ran high on Saturday, June 2 among town officials, family and friends as they gathered for the Grand Opening and Dedication of the new Elizabeth R. Washebek Memorial Building, located at the intersection of Highway 64 and Parkway in Brazeau.
The new Town of Brazeau Ambulance Service and Town of Brazeau Fire Department building, which has been over seven years in the making, is named to honor the memory of the late Elizabeth R. Washebek, who was killed on Feb. 6, 1989 while on duty with the ambulance service.
A long-time member of the Brazeau Ambulance Service, Washebek was tending a patient in the ambulance when it collided with a truck at the intersection of Highway 141 and Highway 22 near Stiles Junction on that fatal day in 1989, almost 30 years ago. She died as a result of the accident and six other people were injured.
Master of Ceremonies for the dedication was Town Chairman, Ryan Wendt, who also lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Welcome and acknowledgments were given by current Ambulance President, David Kussow and Town of Brazeau Fire Chief John Fetterly. Both men spoke about the dedication Washebek had for the ambulance service and her dedication to her family and others.
Invocation was given by Pastor Mark Kostreva. Washebek's daughter, Karen Washebek-Carlin speaking on behalf of the Washebek family, described what a loving mother Elizabeth was and how she loved to help people.
Sue Kanack, past president of the Ambulance Service and longtime member of the organization, talked about the unselfishness and genuine love Elizabeth had for everyone. Kanack worked with Elizabeth on the Ambulance Service for many years prior to her death.
Gerald Kempka, Senior Board Member of the Ambulance Service, also gave accolades to Washebek.
State Senator Tom Tiffany, spoke about the importance of having people like Elizabeth Washebek in every community, people who are willing to volunteer and be there for others in time of need.
Architect for the construction project was Mike Dura, of Riverview Architecture and general contractor was Mark Rost, owner of Harlen Patz Construction.
Wendt, in his closing remarks, gave a brief history of Brazeau Ambulance and stated how proud he was to be a part of the Town of Brazeau community. He went on to say that it took over seven years to have the building become a reality and thanked everyone for their support. Wendt also recognized the current Town of Brazeau officials and thanked them for all their help to make the project complete. They include supervisors David Parmentier, Gerald Kempka, Rodney Gretzon, Scott Thomson and Clerk-Treasurer Jean Grosse.
Future plans for the land next to the new building call for a park and picnic area.