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Other Name
NURSES UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970075006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSES UNIFORM
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
104
Width
37.5
Description
WHITE HEAVILY STARCHED BIB-STYLE APRON, MARKED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BODY "UNIFORMS THE EMERY CO. LTD. EDMONTON, ALBERTA", SMALL TAG MARKED "MARION FLETT", AND MARKED IN INK "29", AND "SMH-63". ITEM IS WORN WITH PANEL OF APRON ACROSS THE CHEST, WITH TWO FLAP COVERING SHOULDER AND ATTACHING TO THE BACK OF THE WAISTBAND OF THE SKIRT. ITEM IS WEARING BUT ITEM IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
FROM DONORS UNIFORM FROM THE ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING. DONORS MAIDEN NAME WAS FLETT. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P19970075001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSE’S UNIFORM DONATED BY MARION WRIGHT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY RUTHANN LABLANCE WITH THE DONOR, MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT), AND HER CLASSMATES MARLENE SIMPSON (NEE BACHMEIER) AND MARY ANN PRASKACH (NEE SERA). THE THREE WOMEN STUDIED TOGETHER AT ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1966. NONE OF THE THREE WOMEN HAD ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY TO SAY ABOUT THE APRON. THEY DID RECALL THAT THEY RELIED ON SAFETY PINS TO HOLD THEIR UNIFORMS TOGETHER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE: SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”. MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT) GRADUATED FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1966. SHE MARRIED DR. GERALD A. WRIGHT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING IN 2007, THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS. GERALD WAS BORN ON MAY 7, 1917 IN SOUTH WALES. HE IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1951. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS FIRST WIFE, ISOBEL WRIGHT. GERALD PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2007. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND FOR HARD COPIES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE:SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”.
Catalogue Number
P19970075006
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
UNIFORM, MILITARY (NURSE)
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19920008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM, MILITARY (NURSE)
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
54.0 (W/O SLEEVES)
Width
43.5
Description
BLUE BLOUSE. DOUBLE BREASTED FRONT WITH 6 BUTTONS AT EACH SIDE. BUTTONS ARE BRASS WITH MEDICAL CORP INSIGNIA ON THEM. SHOULDERS HAVE EPAULETTES WITH BRASS MILITARY INSIGNIA. EACH HAS A "CANADA" PIN, TWO PIPS INDICATING RANK OF 1ST LIEUTENANT, AND A BRASS BUTTON. ONE POCKET ON RIGHT BREAST. BOTTOM 4 BUTTONS ON RIGHT SIDE MISSING KEY CLASPS; REPLACED BY SAFETY PINS. COLLAR IS HELD WITH 2 LOOP HOOKS; ONE MISSING. RED LINING. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
HEALTH SERVICES
History
DONOR IS SISTER TO UNIFORM'S FORMER OWNER (DECEASED) MRS. HELEN HALL (NEE NOBLE) FROM TABER AREA. MRS. HALL SERVED OVERSEAS FOR MOST OF THE WAR YEARS ON ACTIVE SERVICE (W.W. I) AS A NURSE FOR THE CANADIAN MILITARY. SEE P19920008001-GA AND P20090010001 FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19920008002
Acquisition Date
1992-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC, ELASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20000076011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC, ELASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
120.5
Width
50.0
Description
RCMP WOOL BREECHES. NAVY BLUE WITH A YELLOW STRIPE DOWN EACH SIDE. THERE IS A BLACK ELASTIC STIRRUP AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH LEG (A SEAM ON ONE OF THE STIRRUPS HAS COME LOOSE). THERE ARE 6 BLACK, PLASTIC BUTTONS AROUND OUTER WAISTBAND. THERE ARE TWO HIP, WELT POCKETS, EACH WITH A BLACK PLASTIC BUTTON TO CLOSE. BREECHES HAVE A STEEL ZIPPER, AND RECTANGULAR HOOK AND EYE AS CLOSURES. A PIECE OF WHITE FABRIC SEWN TO INSIDE OF ZIPPER, WITH A ZIGZAG STITCH, READS "SCHOEN 10" IN BLUE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PART OF ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE UNIFORM (P20000076001-11-GA). SEE P20000076001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN RCMP UNIFORM DONATED BY CELESTE MENT. THE UNIFORM BELONGED TO THE DONOR’S BROTHER. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COPY OF THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P20000076011
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Length
139.7
Width
64.8
Description
BUFFALO FUR COAT, WOODEN BLACK PEG BUTTONS ALONG LENGTH OF COAT, TWO OUTER WAIST POCKETS AND INNER CHEST POCKET. LABEL ABOVE INNER CHEST POCKET READS, "H. D. MERRICK." FUR IS MATTED, LINING IS WORN AND EXPOSED LEATHER PARTS ARE CRACKING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR'S FATHER, FRANCIS ALLAN KORTH, RECEIVED FUR COAT WHEN DONOR'S GRANDFATHER AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE OFFICER FRANCIS (FRANK) RAYMOND KORTH, PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 27, 1998. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20080002001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BUFFALO COAT DONATED BY KELLY KORTH. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. FRANCIS “FRANK” RAYMOND KORTH PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 27, 1988 AT THE AGE OF 74. HE WAS BORN ON MAY 30, 1924 IN WOODHOUSE, AB. HE WAS MARRIED TO EVYON DOROTHY ROBINSON ON JUNE 18, 1947 AND JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE ON AUGUST 12, 1950. HE RETIRED FROM THE POLICE ON AUGUST 27, 1981 AS A DETECTIVE SERGEANT. SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT BUFFALO COATS APPEARED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD OVER THE YEARS. ON JANUARY 22, 1954 AN ARTICLE DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF THE RCMP SWITCHING FROM BUFFALO COATS TO NYLON PARKAS: “BELIEVED TO BE MUCH MORE PRACTICAL AND COMFORTABLE THAN THE MORE COLORFUL BUFFALO HID, THE PARKA HAS ZIPPERS INSTEAD OF BUTTONS AND WEIGHTS ONLY ABOUT ONE-THIRD AS MUCH AS THE BUFFALO COAT.” ANOTHER ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 11, 1956 GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE COATS: “IN SPITE OF ITS AWE-INSPIRING APPEARANCE, THE BUFFALO COAT HAS ITS DISADVANTAGES. ITS 24 POUNDS HANG HEAVILY ON ITS WEARER’S SHOULDERS. ITS WEIGHT AND BULKINESS ARE A DISTINCT HANDICAP IN A FOOT-RACE DOWN A BACK LANE. AND IN ADDITION TO RESPECTFUL GLANCES THE COAT COLLECTIONS LARGE QUANTITIES OF DIRT AND GRIT. SO THE [WINNIPEG] POLICE DEPARTMENT IS EXPERIMENTING, AS IS ITS COUNTERPART IN EDMONTON, WITH NEW TYPES OF COATS EQUALLY WARM BUT LESS AWKWARD.” *UPDATE*: ON NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GRAD STUDENT JOSH READ, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, INTERVIEWED RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE (FORCE) MEMBER MARCEL ST. ONGE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN THE FORCE’S PAST USE OF FUR CLOTHING IN POLICE PATROLS. ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2016, READ JOINTLY INTERVIEWED RETIREES BILL PLOMP AND GLEN MICHELSON ON THE SAME SUBJECT. TO READ COPIES OF THESE TWO INTERVIEWS, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. SEE ALSO PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
Acquisition Date
2008-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
135
Width
57
Description
BROWN 3/4 LENGTH BUFFALO FUR COAT, COTTON QUILT LINING. WOOD BUTTONS & LEATHER LOOP. 2 OUTSIDE, 1 INSIDE POCKET. SMALL CHAIN SEWN IN FOR HANGING. BUTTONS NOT ORIGINAL. TORN ALONG BACK & AROUND SHOULDER. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BUFFALO COATS USED BY CITY POLICE UNTIL ABOUT THE 1960'S. REPLACED BY LIGHTER COATS & JACKETS. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” *UPDATE*: ON NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GRAD STUDENT JOSH READ, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, INTERVIEWED RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE (FORCE) MEMBER MARCEL ST. ONGE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN THE FORCE’S PAST USE OF FUR CLOTHING IN POLICE PATROLS. ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2016, READ JOINTLY INTERVIEWED RETIREES BILL PLOMP AND GLEN MICHELSON ON THE SAME SUBJECT. TO READ COPIES OF THESE TWO INTERVIEWS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR DONATION P20080002002.
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
“C.D.” “WALLY”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20150012007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“C.D.” “WALLY”
Date
1952
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
164
Width
52
Description
GREEN COTTON COVERALLS. FRONT CLOSURE WITH SIX BUTTONS. POCKETS AT CHEST, HIPS, AND REAR. TEXT STENCILLED IN GREY PAINT ON BACK READS “C.D.”. TAG AT INSIDE COLLAR PRINTED WITH TEXT READING “44 M YAMASKA SHIRT LTD. 1952” AND “WALLY” WRITTEN IN BLUE INK. LIGHT WEAR, OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
MILITARY
History
THESE COVERALLS WERE RECOVERED IN SPRING 2015 FROM A STORAGE AREA IN THE BASEMENT OF THE ENMAX CENTRE SPORTS ARENA, WHERE SUPPLIES RELATING TO LETHBRIDGE’S CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE AND DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS/RISK MANAGEMENT HAD BEEN STORED FOR AT LEAST 30 YEARS PRIOR. DURING MARCH AND APRIL 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CURRENT AND RETIRED CITY STAFF THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SUPPLIES AND DISASTER RESPONSE SERVICES, INCLUDING DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT JESSE KURTZ, RETIRED DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF MIKE ROSS, FORMER CITY DIRECTOR OF DISASTER SERVICES JOE KARL, FORMER CITY EMERGENCY SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR DENNIS JOBE, AND FORMER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER/RISK MANAGEMENT & INSURANCE OFFICER LEO VANDENHEUVAL. PREVIOUS RESEARCH INTO THE LETHBRIDGE CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE WAS CONDUCTED IN 2009, WHEN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ROBERT GARDNER, A FORMER C.D. POLICE MEMBER (SEE RECORD P19870044001 FOR MORE INFORMATION). THE AUXILIARY CIVIL DEFENCE POLICE WAS ORGANIZED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1951 AFTER THE PROVINCE APPEALED TO ALBERTA MUNICIPALITIES TO PREPARE DEFENCES IN CASE OF AN ENEMY ATTACK, INCLUDING A NUCLEAR STRIKE. THE C.D. POLICE WERE NOT OFFICIALLY PART OF THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. THE AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS DID, HOWEVER, RECEIVE TRAINING FROM THE CITY POLICE AND WHEN CALLED OUT BY THE C.D. DIRECTOR, CAME UNDER THE CONTROL OF CHIEF CONSTABLE JAMES H. CARPENTER.THE C.D. POLICE DISBANDED FOR UNKNOWN REASONS IN 1963. GARDNER WAS 33 WHEN HE JOINED THE C.D. POLICE IN 1960, AND EXPLAINS HIS MOTIVATION TO VOLUNTEER WAS BASED ON HIS PERCEPTION THAT A FUTURE WAR WAS LIKELY TO OCCUR – ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE PERIOD’S EVENTS, WHICH INCLUDED THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS. GARDNER REMEMBERED TRAINING UNDER THE POLICE CHIEF AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE FORCE, BUT MAINTAINED THAT OUTSIDE OF INITIAL TRAINING, C.D. POLICE OPERATIONS WERE NOT DIRECTED BY THE CITY POLICE. GARDNER SAID THAT MOST C.D. POLICE VOLUNTEERS WERE “MIDDLE AGED AND STAYED ON DUE TO THE THREAT OF WAR”. JOE KARL SAID: “[IN] LATE 1972 THE CITY MANAGER… [ASSIGNED ME TO] LOOK AFTER DISASTER SERVICES/CIVIL DEFENCE… IT’S HAD DIFFERENT NAMES AS TIME WENT ON… THIS EQUIPMENT… IS A CASUALTY COLLECTING UNIT, WITH WATER BOTTLES, BOOTS, RAIN GEAR, COVERALLS. THERE WERE STRETCHERS [AND] BLANKETS. THESE WERE ALL STORED AT THE OLD MUSEUM [ORIGINAL GALT MUSEUM BUILDING, BEFORE THE 1985 EXPANSION] NEAR THE BOILER ROOM… THAT’S WHERE I FIRST INHERITED THE STUFF. THERE WAS REALLY NO RECORD KEPT OF ANYTHING… [WHEN] WE FOUND OUT WE COULDN’T PUT [THE SUPPLIES] BACK INTO STORAGE [AT THE MUSEUM], BEING SAFETY OFFICER I KNEW AND SCOUTED ALL THE OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE CITY. THE SPORTSPLEX, DOWN IN THE DEEP BASEMENT, HAD A ROOM THAT WAS DRY AND UNOCCUPIED… SO I PUT THE STUFF DOWN THERE AND THAT’S BASICALLY WHERE IT WOUND UP… AT THAT TIME EACH MUNICIPALITY RECEIVED A MERE PITTANCE OF DOLLARS TOWARDS DISASTER SERVICES… 12-1500 EMPLOYEES AND THE ONLY SAFETY PERSON WAS ME… THEN AS THE MUNICIPAL ACT CHANGED, THE EMPHASIS WAS PUT ON POLITICALLY BY THE PROVINCE TO ESTABLISH A PEACETIME SCENARIO … IN THE BASEMENT OF THE OLD COURTHOUSE, THERE [WAS] A ROOM WHERE AN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE WITH ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS HAD BEEN SET UP… FOR GAS, WATER, SEWER, MAYOR, DEPARTMENT HEADS… [THE STRETCHERS AND BLANKETS] WERE USED IN HOSPITAL EXERCISES… TO SEE HOW PREPARED [STAFF WERE], HOW THEY COULD HANDLE MASS CASUALTIES… WE WOULD DO UP 30/40 KIDS IN BROKEN ARMS, AMNESIA, BURNS, FRACTURES, LOSS OF LIMB… THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS VERY GOOD, [DOING] TRAINING AND MOCK SCENARIOS.” ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD RANGING FROM 1957 TO 2006 DESCRIBE MOCK DISASTER EXERCISES TAKING PLACE ON A SEMI-REGULAR BASIS, TO TEST THE PREPAREDNESS OF FIRE, AMBULANCE, HOSPITAL, AND CITY ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. DENNIS JOBE SAID: “SHORTLY AFTER THE EDMONTON TORNADO [IN 1987] THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT DECREED THAT EVERYONE, COUNTIES, CITIES, SHOULD HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN… SO THE CITY WAS INSTRUCTED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO PUT ONE TOGETHER… I WORKED FOR THE CITY MANAGER… WE WERE AWARE… THAT WE HAD TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PREPARATION… SO WE KNEW WHERE [THE SUPPLIES] WERE [AND] COUNTED THINGS… AND WE DID USE IT A COUPLE OF TIMES [WHEN] WE HAD AN EXERCISE.” LEO VANDENHEUVAL SAID: “WE USED TO HAVE THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE IN THE BASEMENT OF THE COURT HOUSE… THE REASON IT WAS THERE IS THAT THEY HAD ROOM [AND] IT WAS QUITE A STRONG, FULL CONCRETE FACILITY THAT COULD PERHAPS WITHSTAND A LOT OF DAMAGE… I WOULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED BACK IN THOSE DAYS AS WELL FROM THE RISK MANAGEMENT STANDPOINT AND BECAUSE I WAS THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CITY WHENEVER THINGS WENT SIDEWAYS. THE CITY MANAGER WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THAT TEAM [AS WELL AS] THE FIRE CHIEF, POLICE CHIEF, ALL THE DIRECTORS… COMMUNITY SERVICES… ENGINEERING… THE MAYOR… THAT WHOLE TEAM WOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED TOGETHER TO WORK TOGETHER IN A DISASTER SITUATION… NOTHING OF [HIGHLY EMERGENT] SIGNIFICANCE HAS EVER HAPPENED IN LETHBRIDGE. WE’VE NEVER HAD TO OPEN UP HOUSING CENTRES LIKE THE CIVIC CENTRE OR THE AREAS TO ACCOMMODATE THAT KIND OF THING BECAUSE WE’VE NEVER HAD A DISASTER THAT BIG… THE BIGGEST ONE THAT COMES TO MIND IS THE 1995 FLOOD… AT THAT TIME THERE WAS SOME TALK THAT WE WOULD GET THE MILITARY INVOLVED… BUT BACK THEN IT REQUIRED APPROVAL FROM OTTAWA, SO IT WAS AWFULLY DIFFICULT TO BRING THE MILITARY IN… TO SOME EXTENT WE KNEW THAT [THE CIVIL DEFENSE] EQUIPMENT EXISTED… [SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT] MIGHT HAVE COME INTO THE SYSTEM IN THE LATE ‘80S WHEN DENNIS JOBE WAS AROUND… BECAUSE HE HAD CERTAIN CONTACTS WITH THE MILITARY, BECAUSE HE WAS A RETIRED ARMY OFFICER… [IT IS IMPORTANT THAT] SOMEBODY WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION [IS] AWARE [AND] THAT IT’S INVENTORIED AND KEPT UP TO DATE.” MIKE ROSS SAID: “WHEN I BECAME DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF IN 1998 [THAT POSITION] WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS… WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE BUDGET AND [ASKED] ‘WHAT’S THIS $1000 WE PAID TO THE ENMAX CENTRE?’ BECAUSE THERE WAS A RENTAL [FEE] THAT NO ONE SEEMED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT… WE DID SOME INVESTIGATION AND THEN WE FOUND OUT THAT THERE WAS ALL THIS MATERIAL THAT WAS STORED IN THE DEEP BASEMENT… WE STARTED TO DO SOME RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS PART OF A MOBILE HOSPITAL UNIT DATING BACK TO THE COLD WAR… IT [HAD BEEN] BASICALLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT… [IN 2006/2007, HEALTH CANADA] CONTACTED THE CITY AND SAID ‘ON OUR BOOKS THERE IS A [MOBILE] HOSPITAL IN LETHBRIDGE. DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE IT IS?’ AND THIS MESSAGE CAME TO ME AS THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CO-ORDINATOR … SUGGESTED THAT [THE SUPPLIES] HAD COME TO THE CITY IN THE ‘50S OR EARLY ‘60S… THE MATERIAL THAT’S THERE NOW IS PROBABLY A THIRD OF WHAT WAS THERE WHEN WE DID THE AUDIT… WE FOUND THINGS LIKE RADIATION BURN DRESSING THAT HAD A ‘BEST BY’ DATE… IV BOTTLES AND IV SOLUTION [THAT] INSTEAD OF BEING CLEAR, WAS CLOUDY… WE KEPT THE STRETCHERS [AND] A BUNCH OF BLANKETS BECAUSE WE FELT THAT… THEY WERE STILL GOOD AND WE COULD USE THEM IN A CURRENT DAY EMERGENCY… SO I REMOVED SOME OF THAT STUFF AND PUT IT OVER [IN] THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE [AT] THE OLD COURTHOUSE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, COPIES OF ORIGINAL EMERGENCY SERVICES SUPPLY INVENTORIES, AND RESEARCH MATERIAL ON LETHBRIDGE’S CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE. FOR OTHER ARTIFACTS RELATING TO CIVIL DEFENSE IN LETHBRIDGE, SEE RECORDS P19870044001, P19870044002, P19960112110, P19960112111, P19970094001, AND P20090038000.
Catalogue Number
P20150012007
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CITY POLICE UNIFORM COAT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19870036000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE UNIFORM COAT
Date
1955
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
130.0
Description
BLACK WOOL SERGE COAT; QUILT LINED; DOUBLE BREASTED. 2 SLASH POCKETS AT HIPS WITH STRAIGHT FLAPS AND NO BUTTONS. 10 BUTTON FRONT, 6 BUTTON CLOSURE INCLUDING ONE BUTTON ON INSIDE. 2.3 CM SILVER BUTTONS ADORN FRONT, EMBOSSED "POLICE FORCE" WITH QUEEN'S CROWN. "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT" BADGE ON EACH SHOULDER. CONSTABLE STAR ON UPPER RIGHT SLEEVE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
TAG READS "INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED TIP TOP TAILORS TORONTO". DONOR ACQUIRED COAT IN 1955 WHEN HE JOINED LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE. DONOR ORIGINALLY FROM WHISKEY GAP AREA. RETIRED FROM FORCE IN 1964.
Catalogue Number
P19870036000
Acquisition Date
1987-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
PEAKED HAT, FIRE DEPARTMENT HAT
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC, LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990022001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PEAKED HAT, FIRE DEPARTMENT HAT
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
FABRIC, LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
12.5
Length
27
Diameter
24
Description
NAVY BLUE; VISOR (PEAK); TOP IS ROUND WITH A CIRCUMFERENCE OF 77.0 CM; THE HATBAND IS BLACK RIBBED RIBBON (4.2 CM WIDE). THERE ARE 15 MAPLE LEAVES STITCHED INTO THE HAT BAND WITH BLACK THREAD. THE BAND HAS A 0.5 CM WIDE DECORATIVE EDGING. THE CROWN IS PADDED. ALONG THE TOP EDGE OF THE VISOR ARE TWO GOLD FABRIC RIBBONS, 30.5 CM AND 18.5 CM IN LENGTH. THE SHORTER ONE IS ATTACHED TO THE LONGER ONE BY THE TWO LOOPS. THE LONG RIBBON IS ATTACHED TO THE HATBAND WITH A BRASS BUTTON FASTENER AT EACH END. TO THE CENTRE OF HAT IS A BRASS CAP BADGE. THE BADGE IS ATTACHED BY A SCREW GOING THROUGH THE HATBAND. ON THE INSIDE OF THE HATBAND IS A BROWN LEATHER STRIP (3.0 CM WIDE), WHICH IS SEWN TO THE EDGE OF THE HAT. THE INSIDE OF THE CROWN IS RED FABRIC (SATIN?) A PIECE OF PLASTIC (13.5 X 12.0 CM) IS SEWN TO THE FABRIC ON THREE SIDES WITH BLACK THREAD. UNDER THE PLASTIC IS A WHITE LABEL THAT READS "STOKES CAP & REGALIA LTD. SCARBOROUGH ONTARIIO". PICTURED ON THE LABEL IS A SOLDIER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THE HAT WORN BY CAM HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN, AS PART OF HIS UNIFORM WHEN HE WORKED CRASH RESCUE FOR TRANSPORT CANADA. HE BEGAN HIS CRASH RESCUE SERVICE IN EDMONTON IN 1981 BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO KENYON FIELD (LETHBRIDGE AIRPORT) IN 1985. MR. HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN LEFT THE SERVICE IN 1989 HOLDING THE RANK OF FIRE RESCUE 3 (CAPTAIN). THE HAT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER STATIONED AT THE AIRPORT.
Catalogue Number
P19990022001
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20000076010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date
1983
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
81.5
Width
45.0
Description
R.C.M.P. RED SERGE JACKET. HAS 5 BRASS BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OPENING WITH RCMP LOGO EMBOSSED ON THEM. HAS TWO BREAST PATCH POCKETS, EACH WITH A FLAP THAT CLOSES WITH A BRASS BUTTON (AS ABOVE), AND TWO WAIST PATCH POCKETS, EACH WITH A FLAP (NO BUTTONS). EACH CUFF ALSO HAS TWO BUTTONS (AS ABOVE). ON LEFT ARM ARE TWO MARKSMANSHIP BADGES, ONE HAS TWO CROSSED RIFLES, THE OTHER HAS TWO CROSSED REVOLVERS. COLLAR CLOSES WITH BLACK VELCRO. JACKET INCLUDES TWO COLLAR BADGES (RCMP LOGO) AND TWO BRASS SHOULDER FLASHES "GRC RCMP". INSIDE OF JACKET HAS PARTIAL RED SATIN LINING, AND A TAG THAT READS "P. & J. CLAYMAN INC. GRANDEUR/SIZE 0 POITRINE/CHEST 104 CM R.C.M.P. STOCK # 7025-483 1983".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PART OF ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE UNIFORM (P20000076001-11-GA). SEE P20000076001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN RCMP UNIFORM DONATED BY CELESTE MENT. THE UNIFORM BELONGED TO THE DONOR’S BROTHER. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COPY OF THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P20000076010
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE WINTER JACKET
Date Range From
1995
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20080008016
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE WINTER JACKET
Date Range From
1995
Date Range To
2007
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Length
89.0
Width
88.5
Description
NAVY ZIP UP WINTER COAT WITH ZIP OUT INNER LAYER - 2 PIECES. 1. INNER COAT - NAVY BLUE POLYESTER ZIP-UP COAT. COAT IS FILLED WITH INSULATING LAYER. BOTH SHOULDERS HAVE MATCHING PATCHES THAT DEPICT A CROWN OVER A SHIELD SURROUNDED BY LEAVES. TWO BANNERS STATE "LETHBRIDGE" AND "REGIONAL POLICE". UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM BANNER IS A BEAVER. BELOW THAT IN COLD STITCHING IS "POLICE, LETHBRIDGE". A CANADIAN FLAG IS EMBROIDERED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PATCH. THE WAIST IS ELASTICIZED WITH A VENT ZIPPER ON EITHER SIDE. JUST ABOVE WAIST IN FRONT OF COAT ARE TWO FLAP POCKETS WITH VELCRO CLOSURE. INSIDE TAG MARKED "TRIUM". 80.0 CM LONG BY 88.5 CM WIDE. 2. OUTER COAT. NAVY, ZIP-UP NYLON COAT. FRONT ZIPPER HAS AN OVERLAPPING SNAP CLOSURE. INSIDE ZIPPER FOR ZIP-IN LAYERS. TO VELCRO FLAPS ON FRONT, ONE MARKED "T. MCKENZIE" IN GOLD EMBROIDERY. TWO FLAP POCKETS WITH VELCRO CLOSURES ON BOTTOM FRONT OF JACKET. BOTH SHOULDERS HAVE MATCHING PATCHES THAT DEPICT A CROWN OVER A SHIELD SURROUNDED BY LEAVES. TWO BANNERS STATE "LETHBRIDGE" AND "REGIONAL POLICE". UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM BANNER IS A BEAVER. BELOW THAT IN COLD STITCHING IS "POLICE, LETHBRIDGE". A CANADIAN FLAG IS EMBROIDERED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PATCH. ELASTICIZED WAIST AND SLEEVES. ZIPPER ON BACK OF COLLAR OPENS TO REVEAL A HOOD. INSIDE TAG MARKED "TRIUM". 89.0 CM LONG BY 82.5 CM WIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS JACKET WAS OWNED BY CHIEF OF POLICE (2006 TO PRESENT, 2011), TOM MCKENZIE OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE (LRPS). ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, THIS TYPE OF COAT CAME INTO USE AROUND THE MID TO LATE 1990S. PRIOR TO THAT THEY WERE USING A NYLON PEA COAT. THIS TYPE OF COAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MORE VERSATILE SO IT COULD BE USED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE LIGHTER LAYERS COULD BE WORN DURING THE SPRING WHILE THE LAYERS COULD BE COMBINED TO MAKE A WARM COAT IN THE WINTER. THEY ARE STILL USING A SIMILAR TYPE OF COAT BUT IT IS MADE BY A DIFFERENT COMPANY WITH NEWER MATERIALS. TOM MCKENZIE BEGAN WORKING WITH THE LRPS IN 1976 AND WORKED HIS WAY UP THROUGH THE RANKS TO BECOME CHIEF OF POLICE IN 2006. HE SAID, "STARTING OUT AS A CONSTABLE YOU'RE FOCUSED ON GETTING OUT ON THE STREET AND WORKING AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY. AS YOU PROGRESS IN THAT YOU TAKE ON NEW CHALLENGES. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO TAKE ON ANOTHER CHALLENGE... TO GIVE BACK AGAIN TO A COMMUNITY AND TO A SERVICE THAT HAS TREATED ME VERY WELL THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE CAREER. " FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008016
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COLD WEATHER JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20150010024
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COLD WEATHER JACKET
Date
2001
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
2
Height
81.4
Length
166.7
Description
COLD WEATHER JACKET, WITH REMOVABLE LINER. A: OUTER SHELL. NAVY BLUE, WITH TWO IDENTICAL PATCHES ON THE SHOULDERS. PATCHES ARE REULEAUX TRIANGLES, BORDERED IN GOLD COLOURED THREAD. "RESCUE EMS FIRE" CLOCKWISE AROUND THE CENTRAL COAT OF ARMS FOR THE "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPT." FOUR POCKETS ON THE FRONT OF THE JACKET, EACH WITH ITS OWN FLAP. BREAST POCKET FLAPS EACH HAVE PATCHES AS WELL: ON THE WEARER’S RIGHT SIDE, IS A SIX-SIDED PATCH FROM NEW YORK CITY. PATCH HAS A GOLD BORDER AND "FIRE DEPARTMENT" IS ALSO IN GOLD. BELOW "FIRE DEPARTMENT" IS "CITY OF NEW YORK" IN WHITE THREAD. AN IMAGE OF THE CITY SKYLINE IS BELOW IN WHITE, WITH A CIRCLE AND FLAMES IN RED OVERTOP. THE LEFT SIDE BREAST POCKET HAS A ROUND PATCH, AGAIN BORDERED IN GOLD THREAD. IN GOLD WRITING "* FDNY BN 49 * EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE 3723". THE CENTRE OF THE PATCH HAS A STARS AND STRIPES BACKGROUND, WITH THE CITY OF NEW YORK SKYLINE IN WHITE. ABOVE THIS CIRCULAR PATCH IS A RECTANGULAR NAVY PATCH, WITH GOLD WRITING: "MAJOR HABKIRK CHAPLAIN". ZIPS CLOSED WITH A NAVY BLUE, TWO-WAY, PLASTIC ZIPPER. ALSO HAS A PLACKET, WITH 6 SILVER COLOURED SNAPS. TWO ZIPPERS UNDER THE ARMS ZIP OPEN FROM THE WAIST. ELASTICIZED HEM AND CUFFS, WITH CUFFS HAVING A PIECE OF VELCRO TO ALLOW FURTHER ADJUSTMENT. HIDDEN HOOD IN COLLAR. HOOD IS ZIPPERED INTO THE BACK OUTER NECK OF THE JACKET. NAVY BLUE CORDED DRAWSTRING AT NECK, WITH EACH SIDE HAVING A PLASTIC, ADJUSTABLE TOGGLE. LABEL IN THE BACK, AT NECK: BACKGROUND IS A LARGE RED "N" WITH WHITE WRITING OVERTOP: "TRADITIONS -4 - PAR/BY R. NICHOLLS DISTRIBUTERS INC. CA 04719 TG/XL" B: INNER LINER. NAVY BLUE. LINER ZIPS OUT OF SHELL ON EACH SIDE WITH A TWO-WAY, NAVY BLUE, PLASTIC ZIPPER. PIECE OF VELCRO AT BACK OF NECK HELPS KEEP LINER IN PLACE. SLEEVES OF LINER HELD IN PLACE WITH SNAPS. OVERALL IN VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. SOME SIGNS OF WEAR AROUND THE NECK, OTHERWISE NO VISIBLE WEAR OR TEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON NOVEMBER 5 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED FORMER LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT CHAPLAIN MAJOR GLEN HABKIRK (SALVATION ARMY), TO DISCUSS THE DONATION OF HIS COLD WEATHER JACKET: HABKIRK EXPLAINED HOW IT WAS THAT HE CAME TO BE CHAPLAIN WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT: “I WAS INVOLVED BECAUSE THE SALVATION ARMY SENT ME HERE IN JULY OF 1993 TO LOOK AFTER THE COMMUNITY SERVICE END AND ONE DAY I WAS TALKING TO A FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER, AND HE ASKED ME ABOUT BEING THE CHAPLAIN. FROM THERE, I TOOK CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS TRAINING AND HAD LOTS OF INVOLVEMENT WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THROUGH THAT WAY, AND MANY FIRE DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SO, I HAD SAID TO THEM WHEN THEY ASKED ME TO BE CHAPLAIN, ‘IF YOU WANT A CHAPLAIN JUST TO ATTEND FUNERALS AND BANQUETS, YOU GOT THE WRONG GUY, BUT I WOULD LIKE A HELMET, COAT, AND BOOTS SO I CAN ATTEND FIRES WITH THEM AND REALLY GET TO KNOW THEM.’ – AND SO THAT’S HOW I GOT THE JACKET. … I GUESS IT’S BECAUSE OF MY NATURE. I HAD TO BE INVOLVED AND I THOUGHT I COULDN’T DO JUST ANYTHING BY SITTING AT A DESK. I ALSO WANTED TO BE ABLE TO VISIT THE FIRE HALLS AND TO BE ABLE TO DO RIDE-ALONGS WITH THEM, SO THAT LED TO THIS.” PRIOR TO HABKIRK SERVING AS CHAPLAIN, HE RECALLED THAT MAJOR RONNY BUTCHER, ALSO A SALVATION ARMY OFFICER, HELD THE POSITION. HABKIRK TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN HIS ROLE AS CHAPLAIN, SAYING: “TO ME, IT WAS OF TREMENDOUS VALUE FOR MY OWN SELF BECAUSE I WAS WORKING WITH PEOPLE IN NEED; PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH SOME MESSY SITUATIONS, DOING VARIOUS THINGS. FOR INSTANCE, I WENT TO TABER AFTER THE SHOOTING OUT THERE AND SAT IN WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS, WITH PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY AND SO I THOUGHT THAT’S WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING AS A PASTOR; CARING ABOUT THE PEOPLE - SO THIS WAS A TREMENDOUS VALUE FOR ME.” WHEN QUESTIONED HOW IT WAS THAT HE WENT TO NEW YORK CITY, HABKIRK REPLIED: “THE SALVATION ARMY NATIONAL OFFICE IN TORONTO HAVE RECORDS ON EVERY ONE OF US WHO ARE PASTORS – WHAT WE’VE DONE IN EDUCATION-WISE, OUR SKILLS - AND SO IT SAID THAT I WAS HIRED TO THE CHAPLAINCY OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT; I WAS CRITICALLY INCIDENT TRAINED AND SO THE BOSS FROM ALBERTA SAID, ‘WE NEED TO SEND YOU TO NEW YORK.’ AND THEN THE NATIONAL MAN CALLED ME AND ASKED ME WOULD I GO. AND, IT WAS INTERESTING, HE ALSO SAID, ‘DON’T SAY YES UNTIL YOU CHECK IT WITH YOUR WIFE, ‘CAUSE IT WILL BE SO MESSY, SHE’LL NEED TO HANDLE YOU ALSO.’ AND, SO I SAID ‘YES.’ AND MY WIFE TOOK ABOUT 10 SECONDS TO ANSWER, WITH A ‘YES.’ AND WE WENT FOR 2 WEEKS. I SAID TO THE SALVATION ARMY, ‘IF YOU’RE SENDING ME THERE, PLEASE DON’T SIT ME AT A DESK. PLEASE PUT ME RIGHT WHERE THE ACTION IS WHERE I CAN INTERACT WITH THE MEN.’ AND, SO THIS PARTICULAR JACKET WAS VERY GOOD FOR INTERACTING WITH THE FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK. THEY SAW IT. A COMMON QUESTION WAS, ‘WHERE IS LETHBRIDGE?’ AND, SO, I WOULD TELL THEM, ‘AN HOUR NORTH OF THE MONTANA BORDER’ TO KEEP IT SIMPLE AND WE WOULD GO FROM THERE.” HE RECALLED THAT HE WAS IN NYC “FROM THE 27TH OF OCTOBER TO THE 9TH OF NOVEMBER. I THINK THAT’S THE 2 WEEK PERIOD – MIGHT BE OUT A DAY OR TWO.” HE EXPLAINED THAT WHILE HIS WIFE DID NOT ACCOMPANY HIM, SHE WAS A TREMENDOUS SOURCE OF SUPPORT: “SHE HAD TO LISTEN TO ME ON THE PHONE EVERY NIGHT. A COUPLE OF NIGHTS I PHONED AND I WAS CRYING ‘CAUSE NOVEMBER THE 2ND, FOR INSTANCE, THEY CAME AND THEY ASKED ME IF I WOULD COME DOWN THE HALL – AND BY THE HALL I MEAN A LARGE HALL ABOUT 6 FLOOR LEVELS BELOW GROUND. AND I WENT WITH THEM AND WHEN THEY WOULD FIND BODIES THEY WOULD FIND A CLERGY TO COME AND TO DO A COMMITTAL. AND I WENT DOWN THERE AND THERE WAS SIX BAGS OF BODY PARTS AND THERE ISN’T ANYTHING THAT PREPARES YOU TO HANDLE THAT, BUT YOU DO IT.” IN RECALLING HIS EXPERIENCE AT GROUND ZERO, HABKIRK SAID: “I WAS NERVOUS – AND WHEN I GOT TO THE SITE AND SAW THE MESS I BECAME REALLY NERVOUS BUT THEN WHEN WE GOT OUT OF THE SITE, I WORKED AT A SALVATION ARMY LARGE TENT. WE HAD A LARGE COOLER, PROBABLY IT WAS ABOUT THE SIZE OF THIS TABLE, AND WE KEPT IT FULL OF ALL KINDS OF BEVERAGES – COLD WATER, GATORADES, ALL KINDS OF POP - AND I WAS PASSING THAT OUT TO THE MEN ALL DAY. SO I WOULD INTERACT THROUGH A SIMPLE DRINK OF WATER. OUR LOCATION WAS ALSO ACROSS THE ROAD FROM AN AMBULANCE LOCATION AND WHEN YOU WOULD SEE AN AMBULANCE GO OUT YOU KNEW THAT THEY WERE GOING FOR A DEAD BODY, AND SO, OFTEN THE MEN WOULD COME OVER AFTER AND I GOT INTERACTING VERY QUICKLY WITH THEM. AND, A LONG TIME AGO, SOMEBODY TOLD ME WHEN I SAID I WAS WORRIED ABOUT WHAT TO SAY, HE SAID, ‘IT’LL BE YOUR MINISTRY AND PRESENCE THAT WILL BREAK YOU IN’ - SO THAT’S WHAT WE DID.” HE RECALLED THAT THOSE WHO VISITED THE TENT WERE THERE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS: “SOME ARE LOOKING FOR SPIRITUAL SUPPORT. SOME ASKED FOR A PRAYER AND OTHERS JUST SAID, ‘OH HEY, CAN YOU GIVE ME SOMETHING COLD?’ AND THEN THEY’D BE ON THEIR WAY. THEN THEY WOULD SAY, AGAIN, ‘WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I’D TELL THEM AND WE’D LAUGH A LITTLE BIT. … PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST PRACTICAL THINGS THAT I DID DOWN THERE WAS ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON, A FIREFIGHTER CAME TO THE SITE, DEAD-TIRED, AND HIS BOOTS WERE ALL RIPPED AND HE SAID, ‘I UNDERSTAND YOU’VE GOT A SHIPMENT OF NEW BOOTS.’ AND I SAID, ‘YES, SIT DOWN.’ AND SO HE GOT DOWN. AND ONE OF THE PRACTICAL THINGS THAT I - CAN’T REMEMBER DOING ANYTHING AS PRACTICAL AS THAT WAS - WE HAD TO PULL HIS BOOTS OFF ‘CAUSE HE WAS SO TIRED. THE BOOTS WERE MUDDY, WE GOT ALL MUDDY, BUT WE GAVE HIM THE NEW BOOTS, GAVE HIM SOME WATER. WE ALWAYS HAD FRESH MUFFINS AND THEN WE SAT DOWN AND WE’D GO FROM THERE.” HE RECALLED BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE MEMORIES FROM HIS TIME IN NYC: “WELL, ONE NIGHT IN NEW YORK, OR ONE MORNING IN NEW YORK, TWO FIREFIGHTERS CAME AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW THE USUAL, ‘WHERE ARE YOU FROM?’ I SAID, ‘LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, CANADA.’ AND THEY SAID, ‘DO YOU LIKE THE STUPID GAME OF HOCKEY?’ AND I REPLIED, ‘YES.’ AND THEY SAID, ‘WELL MAYBE WE CAN DO SOMETHING FOR YOU.’ THEY CAME BACK TWO HOURS LATER AND GAVE ME A LITTLE BROWN ENVELOPE AND IN IT WERE SIX TICKETS FOR THE NEW YORK RANGERS/FLORIDA PANTHERS GAME THAT NIGHT AND SO THAT WAS VERY THERAPEUTIC TO DO THAT. AFTER I’D BEEN DOWN IN THE HOLE AND DONE THE COMMITTAL, THE SALVATION ARMY TEAM THAT I WAS ON MADE SURE THAT I WAS TAKEN CARE OF. ONE NIGHT WE WENT OUT TO CHINATOWN FOR SOME CHINESE FOOD; WE WENT TO TIMES SQUARE - JUST SAT THERE WITH A COFFEE AND LOOKED AT THE LIGHTS - AND THEN WE WENT TO CENTRAL PARK. AND AT CENTRAL PARK WE DISCOVERED THE NEXT DAY WAS THE NEW YORK MARATHON AND SO US THREE FAT BOYS RAN THAT LAST QUARTER MILE OF THE NEW YORK MARATHON, SO WE COULD SAY WE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AT THE NEW YORK MARATHON. AND YOU’D LAUGH OVER THAT KIND OF THING. I’LL NEVER FORGET THE PARAMEDIC WHO WAS ACROSS THE ROAD FROM US COMING AND HE WAS IN TEARS AND THEN HE SAID- I SAID, ‘WHERE WERE YOU?’ AND HE SAID, ‘WE HAD TO SHOVEL THE REMAINS INTO A BAG.’ THERE’S NO SCHOOL THAT TEACHES YOU WHAT TO DO WITH THAT. YOU HUG EACH OTHER. I WOULD BE MUDDY EVERY DAY BUT I’D ASKED THE SALVATION ARMY TO PUT ME WHERE THE ACTION IS, SO THEY DID. … THE HOTEL THAT WE STAYED IN WAS A LOVELY TWO-STAR HOTEL BUT THE SHOWERS WORKED, THE BEDS WERE COMFORTABLE - WHAT MORE DID WE NEED? THIS [JACKET] HAS GOT BOTH LAYERS IN IT. BEING ON THE SITE IN NEW YORK, YOU HAD TO DRESS IN LAYERS, BECAUSE THE SUN WOULD COME OUT AND WITH ALL THE HIGH BUILDINGS IT WOULD BE PRETTY COLD, AND SO YOU’D HAVE BOTH LAYERS ON AND THEN YOU WOULD TAKE ONE OFF. AND THEN FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS IN THE AFTERNOON YOU’D HAVE THE JACKET OFF. THE WEATHER WAS QUITE SOMETHING.” HABKIRK DESCRIBED HOW HE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE TWO FDNY PATCHES ON HIS JACKET. FOR THE RIGHT BREAST POCKET, HE SAID: “IT WAS GIVEN TO ME - I THINK THERE WAS FOUR FIREFIGHTERS WHO WERE IN THE LOCATION RIGHT NEXT TO US. THEY SAID, ‘WE UNDERSTAND YOU’RE GOING HOME TOMORROW OR TODAY’S YOUR LAST DAY.’ THEY SAID, ‘WE DIDN’T KNOW, BUT WOULD YOU TAKE THIS CREST FROM US? AND JUST, WOULD YOU WEAR IT AS JUST A SMALL THING FROM US AND WEAR IT AS YOUR MEMORIES OF ALL OF US WHO WERE HERE, WHO YOU HELPED?’ SO, I DID THIS.” AND THE LEFT BREAST POCKET: “SOME OF THE STAFF FROM STATION NO. B AND 49 CAME AND THEY SAID, ‘WE ALWAYS COME, AND WE ALL SHED A TEAR.’ BECAUSE THEIR PARAMEDIC # 3723 – THEN THEY STOPPED AND THE TEARS CAME, AND THEY SAID, ‘HE’S OVER THERE.’ AND THAT WAS IN THE RUBBLE AND SO THIS WAS JUST A SMALL THING THEY DID TO REMEMBER HIM, AND SO, THAT’S WHY I SEWED IT ON THE JACKET, JUST AS A MEMORY FOR HIM.” HABKIRK RETIRED FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2015. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD (MAY 21, 2008), HABKIRK RETIRED FROM THE SALVATION ARMY, AFTER 24 YEARS OF SERVICE, IN 2008. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM A SERIES ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD: OCTOBER 20, 2001 ARTICLE: “HABKIRK, WHO HEADS UP THE LETHBRIDGE SALVATION ARMY, NEVER IMAGINED THE DAY HE WATCHED THE HORROR UNFOLD ON LIVE TV THAT HE WOULD BE ASKED TO SPEND 14 CONSECUTIVE, 12-HOUR DAYS AT THE SITE TO RELIEVE EXHAUSTED SALVATION ARMY VOLUNTEERS. HE WILL LEAVE OCT. 27 AND RETURN NOV. 9. ‘THE SALVATION ARMY HAS BEEN AT GROUND ZERO IN NEW YORK CITY SINCE SEPT. 11 AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE ARE BURNED OUT AND NEED REPLACING,’ HE SAYS. ‘THE SALVATION ARMY IN TORONTO HAS ENDEAVOURED TO SUPPORT THEM IN ANY WAY THEY CAN. BECAUSE OF MY EXPERIENCE IN CRITICAL INCIDENT TRAINING, I’VE BEEN ASKED TO GO AND HELP OUT.’” DECEMBER 27, 2002 ARTICLE: HABKIRK RECEIVED A LETTER “FROM GERALD KEARNEY, A FIREFIGHTER WHO WAS HELPING WITH CLEAN-UP AT THE SITE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE. KEARNEY WAS WORKING AT THE SITE DURING HABKIRK’S POST THERE FROM OCT. 27 TO NOV. 9, 2001. … HABKIRK WAS OVERCOME WITH EMOTION WHEN HE GOT THE LETTER. ‘I WAS SITTING AT MY DESK READING IT AND SOME PEOPLE CAME IN AND SAID ‘WHAT’S THE MATTER? … IT MOVES ME QUITE A LOT. IT’S VERY OVERWHELMING AND TOUCHING, FOR JUST DOING WHAT YOU’RE CALLED TO DO.” SEPTEMBER 12, 2003 ARTICLE: “FOR MAJ. GLEN HABKIRK, NO MATTER HOW MANY YEARS PASS, THE TIME HE SPENT AT GROUND ZERO IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SEPT. 11 ATTACKS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED … ‘THE PEOPLE PUTTING HUMAN REMAINS IN A BAG, THE FIREFIGHTERS WALKING AWAY, BIG TOUGH MEN CRYING, I WON’T FORGET THAT.” DECEMBER 8, 2004 ARTICLE: “MAJOR GLEN HABKIRK OF THE SALVATION ARMY IS A KEY PART OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT … AS THE DEPARTMENT’S CHAPLAIN, HABKIRK’S DUTIES RANGE FROM PROVIDING COFFEE AND SANDWICHES FOR FIREFIGHTERS AT THE SCENE OF A FIRE TO LENDING A SYMPATHETIC EAR IN THE WAKE OF TRAUMATIC INCIDENTS … AND THE FIREFIGHTERS MEAN A LOT TO HABKIRK, WHO ENJOYS BEING PART OF THE CAMARADERIE. HE EVEN HAS HIS OWN NEON YELLOW FIREFIGHTER’S COAT, THOUGH HE ADMITS HE HAS TAKEN SOME RIBBING BECAUSE HIS IS SO CLEAN.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010024
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TURNOUT COAT / BUNKER COAT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20150010019
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TURNOUT COAT / BUNKER COAT
Date
2010
Materials
CANVAS, COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
100.7
Width
171.6
Description
FIREMAN'S TURNOUT COAT OR BUNKER COAT. OUTER AND INNER LAYER. .A: OUTER SHELL. TAN CANVAS. HAS TWO SECTIONS OF FLORESCENT YELLOW AND SILVER REFLECTIVE STRIPE, ONE AT THE HEM AND THE SECOND ROUGHLY ACROSS THE WEARER’S CHEST. STRIPES CONTINUE ONTO THE SLEEVES, AT THE HEM, AND BETWEEN THE SHOULDER AND ELBOW. COLLARED, WITH A SEMI-CIRCULAR PIECE THAT VELCORS ACROSS THE WEARER’S NECK. INSIDE LEFT COLLAR, IN ORANGE THREAD, EMBROIDERED ONTO JACKET: “GLOBE” IN THE CENTRE OF A CIRCLE. JACKET ZIPPERS SHUT WITH A SINGLE-WAY, BLACK PLASTIC “YKK” ZIPPER. ZIPPER PULL HAS A PIECE OF LEATHER TIED ONTO IT. PLACKET CLOSES OVER THE ZIPPER WITH BLACK VELCRO. TWO POCKETS, WITH VELCROED FLAPS, AT WAIST. FLAP OF RIGHT POCKET HAS A HANDWRITTEN NUMBER IN BLACK INK: “42-32”. SMALL SINGLE POCKET ON LEFT SIDE, CHEST HEIGHT, WITH VELCRO CLOSURE FLAPS. CUFFS OF SLEEVES, BELOW THE REFLECTIVE STRIPE, FINISHED IN BLACK CANVAS. CANADA FLAG PATCH ON WEARER’S RIGHT SHOULDER, WITH “42 32” HANDWRITTEN BELOW IN BLACK. ON THE LEFT SHOULDER IS A RED, RECTANGULAR PATCH WITH SILVER LETTERS ON LEFT SHOULDER: “G-XTREME”. LINER SNAPS ONTO OUTER SHELL NEAR THE ZIPPER, WITH THE CAP AND SOCKET OF THE SNAPS ON THE OUTER SHELL. SLEEVES HAVE A PLASTICIZED, ELASTICIZED INNER CUFF, THROUGH WHICH THE LINER CUFF STICKS OUT. THE LINER SNAPS ONTO THE SHELL, WITH THE CAP AND SOCKET OF THE SNAPS BEING ON THE INSIDE OF THE SHELL’S SLEEVE. ALONG BACK BOTTOM OF JACKET IS NAME IN YELLOW FLORESCENT: “KRAJEWSKI”. AT BACK OF NECK IS A FLAP, LABELED IN SILVER REFLECTIVE, WITH RED: “DRD DRAG RESCUE DEVICE”. FLAP LIFTS, REVEALING BLACK, WITH A RED STRIPE, NYLON STRAPPING. THIS STRAPPING GOES DOWN THE BACK OF THE JACKET AND INTO THE ARM HOLES. DANGER LABEL ON THIS STRAPPING: “DANGER. YOU MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND THE DRAG RESCUE DEVICE USER INFORMATION GUIDE BEFORE INSTALLATION AND USE. THIS DRAG RESCUE DEVICE IS DESIGNED FOR THE IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF AN UNCONSCIOUS FIREFIGHTER FROM A LIFE-THREATENING ENVIRONMENT. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LIFTING OR LOWERING A PERSON ON A LIFELINE OR EMERGENCY ESCAPE. USE OF THIS DEVICE FOR PURPOSED OTHER THAN ITS INTENDED APPLICATION MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. SERIAL NO: 3972260. CHEST SIZE: 42. MANUFACTURE DATE: 3/10. GLOBE. GLOBE MANUFACTURING CO. LLC. 37 LOUDON ROAD – PITTSFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE 03263 1-800-232-8323 WWW.GLOBEFIRESUITS.COM U.S. PATEN # 6205584 NFPA 1971, 2007 ED” LABEL INSIDE RIGHT POCKET, SILKSCREENED ONTO THE LINER: “GLOBE FIREFIGHTER SUITS. MADE BY GLOBE MANUFACTURING CO. LLC.37 LOUDON ROAD, PITTSFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE USA 03263 TEL: 603-435-8323 FAX: 603-435-6388. ‘THIS STRUCTURAL FIRE FIGHTING PROTECTIVE GARMENT MEETS THE GARMENT REQUIREMENTS OF NFPA 1971, 2007 EDITION.’ … OUTER SHELL: 11-PBI MATRIX/GEMINI, GOLD. THERMAL LINER: 78-ARALITE SL2. MOISTURE BARRIER: 4-CROSSTECH TYPE 2C. DRD IS INSTALLED BETWEEN SHELL AND LINER. LINER IS ATTACHED AT NECKLINE, FACINGS, AND CUFFS. MODEL: GXTREME JACKET. STYLE: 311784 10. SIZE: 42. NAME: KRAJEWSKI. SER. #: 3972260. DATE: 03/2010. CUT: A0726C. MADE IN USA.” WASHING INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOW. .B: LINER. QUILITED LIGHT BLUE/GREY COTTON FABRIC ON ONE SIDE, WITH A PLASTIC/COTTON OFF-WHITE FABRIC ON THE OTHER SIDE. THIS OFF-WHITE FABRIC IS STAMPED, VERY LIGHTLY, IN SEVERAL PLACES WITH: “CROSSTECH MOISTURE BARRIER” AND “W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES INC.” TWO POCKETS ON THE INSIDE, BLUE/GREY QUILTED SIDE. POCKET ON THE RIGHT SIDE HAS A WHITE RECTANGULAR TAG THAT READS: “FIRESERVICE MANAGEMENT. TEL: (403) 279-5095 C 11841. THE OTHER POCKET HAS A SILK SCREEN DANGER WARNING LABEL THAT COVERS MOST OF THE POCKET. WHITE BACKGROUND WITH BLACK WRITING: “DANGER. DO NOT USE THIS GARMENT IF YOU HAVE NOT READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE ENTIRE FEMSA OFFICIAL USER INFORMATION GUIDE AND ALL LABELS FOR FIRE FIGHTING PROTECTIVE GARMENTS!” IT THEN GOES ON TO DETAIL THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH FIREFIGHTING. THE OTHER HALF OF THE LABEL IS A REPETITION OF SILK SCREENED LABEL FOUND ON THE INSIDE RIGHT OF THE SHELL. IT PROVIDES WASHING INSTRUCTIONS, THE MATERIALS THE COAT IS MADE OF, AND THE MODEL, STYLE, SIZE, NAME, SERIAL NUMBER, DATE, AND CUT OF THE JACKET. LINER CONNECTS TO THE SHELL WITH VELCRO AND SNAPS. THERE ARE FOUR STUDS (OF THE SNAPS) GOING UP THE JACKET. LINER VELCORS AT THE NECK, BOTH THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE COLLAR. SLEEVES ARE HELD IN PLACE WITH SNAPS, WITH THE STUDS BEING ON THE LINER. JERSEY TYPE MATERIAL CUFF OF THE SLEEVE EXTENDS OUT FROM THE CUFF OF THE JACKET AND EACH LINER CUFF HAS A THUMB HOLE. JACKET IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. NO VISIBLE TEARS OR RIPS IN FABRIC. DISCOLOURATION, ESPECIALLY ON THE CUFFS OF BOTH THE SHELL AND LINER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TURNOUT COAT OR BUNKER COAT WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THIS COAT WOULD BE “WORN BY ALL FIREFIGHTERS WHEN FIGHTING STRUCTURE FIRES. MADE OF FIRE RESISTANT MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURED ACCORDING TO NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION AGENCY (NFPA) AND CSA STANDARDS. STANDARDS CHANGE EVERY FIVE YEARS.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). BROWN SAID: “THESE ARE HIGH CLASS. THESE ARE NICE TURNOUTS. WHAT I HAD IN ’66 WAS JUST AN OLD BLACK CANVAS PANTS AND COAT – LITTLE BIT OF RUBBER LINING INSIDE, ORDINARY HOOKS LIKE THIS. THIS HERE’S GOT VELCRO ON IT; IT’S GOT HOOKS, IT’S GOT ZIPPERS, SORT OF A LINER IN IT FOR HEAT PROTECTION. THIS IS VERY MODERN COMPARED TO WHAT I HAD WHEN I STARTED.” LAZENBY ADDED: “THIS WAS AT LEAST ONE GENERATION AHEAD OF THE JACKET AND PANTS THAT I WAS ISSUED WHEN I WAS NEW. WHEN I WAS NEW, I GOT SECOND HAND TURNOUTS. I GOT STUFF THAT HAD BEEN USED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS BEFOREHAND … MONEY WAS TIGHT IN THE MID-‘90S WITH COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT PROVINCIALLY, BEING WHAT IT WAS, THERE WAS NOT A LOT TO GO AROUND. … THE HEALTH AND SAFETY MOVEMENT WASN’T AS STRONG THEN AS IT IS NOW. NOW THE HEALTH AND SAFETY MOVEMENT IS VERY POWERFUL AND CAN AFFECT CHANGE IN A HURRY, TO A POINT WHERE WE NOW KNOW THAT SEVEN YEARS OR WHATEVER IT IS AFTER I GET THIS SET OF TURNOUTS, I’M GOING TO GET A NEW SET OF TURNOUTS NO MATTER WHAT. BECAUSE THEY HAVE A SHELF LIFE OF SO MANY YEARS AND ONCE THAT’S UP, YOU’RE NOT ADHERING TO THE STANDARD ANYMORE AND SO IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THEM OUT. WE DIDN’T REALLY GO BY THOSE STANDARDS WHEN I FIRST GOT ON THE JOB, SO I GOT ISSUED STUFF FROM A GUY THAT HAD JUST RECENTLY RETIRED AND I DON’T EVEN THINK THEY GOT SENT TO THE CLEANERS FIRST.” HE CONTINUED, SAYING “THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE THIS GEAR FOR THE FIRST SERVICE … ARE CONSTANTLY SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE LATEST, GREATEST FIREPROOF FABRIC. THAT GOES DOWN TO WATER VAPOUR BARRIERS, HEAT LINERS, AND THE OUTER SHELL. … YOU KNOW, IT’S A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD … BECAUSE THE MORE PROTECTED YOU ARE, THE MORE ENCAPSULATED YOU ARE, AND THE LESS YOU FEEL THE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE AROUND YOU, THE MORE TROUBLE YOU CAN REALLY GET YOURSELF IN, RIGHT? THE FURTHER YOU GET INTO A STRUCTURE, THE FURTHER IT IS YOU HAVE TO GET OUT. AND THAT’S ONE OF THE KNOCKS ABOUT, UP UNTIL RECENTLY, OF GETTING THAT MUCH MORE PROTECTION IN YOUR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS THAT IT WAS LEADING TO PEOPLE MAYBE GOING TO PLACES WHERE 20 YEARS EARLIER THEY COULDN’T HAVE GONE BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO HOT.” HE ELABORATED FURTHER: “BUT THE SCIENCE OF FIRE IS BEING BETTER UNDERSTOOD NOW, AS IS OUR TRAINING AND OUR TACTICS. … I THINK I’VE BEEN ISSUED THREE SETS OF TURNOUTS NOW SINCE I GOT MY ORIGINALS … THIS WAS SIMILAR TO MY SECOND SET … I THINK THE ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY IN THIS FIELD HAVE BEEN LEAPS AND BOUNDS. THEY’RE JUST SO MUCH BETTER THAN THEY USED TO BE.” IN COMPARING THIS STYLE OF TURNOUT TO WHAT HE CURRENTLY WEARS, LAZENBY SAID: “IT HAS A SHORT BACK ON THE BACK OF THE TURNOUT COAT AND NOW WE HAVE FLAPS THAT COME DOWN. IF YOU WERE TO WEAR THIS JACKET AND YOU DIDN’T HAVE A HIGH BACK ON YOUR TURNOUT PANTS, IF YOU WERE TO BEND OVER, THERE WOULD BE A GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOUR JACKET COVERED AND WHAT YOUR PANTS COVERED. ANY TIME YOU HAVE A GAP, YOU’RE EXPOSING YOURSELF TO EXCESSIVE HEAT … THE FABRICS ARE DIFFERENT NOW, AS IS THE REFLECTIVE STRIPING. … THESE SET WERE NOT AS WELL MADE … THE MATERIAL WASN’T AS HEAT-RESISTANT AND THESE ACTUALLY AREN’T AS REFLECTIVE AS OUR NEW STUFF. THE CUFFS ARE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. I LIKE THE CUFFS THAT THERE’S A THUMBHOLE THAT YOU CAN PUT YOUR THUMB THROUGH THE CUFF SO THAT IT DOESN’T END UP CREEPING UP THE INSIDE OF YOUR JACKET WHEN YOU’RE WORKING. THE CUFF IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF KEEPING DEBRIS AND THINGS OUT OF YOUR COAT AND IF YOU HAVE A COAT THAT TENDS TO RIDE UP YOUR ARM, IT’S NOT IDEAL, SO. JUST LITTLE THINGS THAT ADD UP TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE AFTER/AT THE END OF THE DAY. SO, YEAH, THESE WOULD BE ’95 TO 2000, I THINK.” PETIT ADDED: “THE TURNOUT GEAR IS SO MUCH BETTER, IT’S GONE THROUGH ALL KINDS OF TESTS, DIFFERENT MATERIALS, LIGHTER … ACTUALLY, WE STARTED GETTING BETTER TURNOUTS, AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING WITH THE OLD TURNOUTS THAT WERE NOT GOOD TO US, THEY WERE GIVING THEM TO SMALLER DEPARTMENTS THAT DIDN’T HAVE ANY.” DZUREN DISCUSSED THE TYPE OF TURNOUT GEAR HE WORE WHEN HE FIRST STARTED IN 1959: “THEY WERE JUST STRICTLY KIND OF A CANVAS. THERE WAS NO FIRE-PROOFING TO THEM … I DON’T EVEN BELIEVE THERE WAS ANY FIRE RETARDANT TO THEM. BUT THEN EVENTUALL, WELL THE UNIONS, THEY WERE QUITE ADAMANT, AND THE DEPARTMENTS THEMSELVES WERE QUITE ADAMANT IN TRYING TO KIND OF IMPROVE THAT … WHERE THEY DEVELOPED KEVLAR TYPE STUFF THERE, LIGHTWEIGHT, VERY HEAT RESISTANT, SAVED MANY LIVES WITH THE FACT THAT THEY WERE THAT GOOD.” HE CONTINUED, SAYING: “ONCE THEY CAME IN EVERYBODY WAS QUITE ELATED, THAT THEY DID COME IN, CAUSE’ BEFORE IT WAS ALL JUST STRICTLY BLACK, AND WITH YOUR NAME ON THE BACK, I DON’T EVEN BELIEVE… WELL THEY HAD “L-F-D” ON THE BACK IF I RECALL, AND YOUR NAME, AND THEN THEY WERE HEAVY, AND CUMBERSOME, AND THEY HAD A LINER THERE FOR THE WINTER MONTHS AND A WOOL LINER WAS VERY HEAVY. SO WHEN YOU GOT IN THERE AND YOU START SWEATING, IT WAS NOT IDEAL WORKING GEAR THAT YOU HAD ON WHEN YOU WERE WORKING.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010019
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
1996
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19960112120
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
1996
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
2
Length
81.3
Width
48.5
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL SERVICE DRESS JACKET. FOUR SILVER BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ONE ON EACH OF FOUR EXTERIOR POCKETS AS WELL, AND THREE ON EACH CUFF. EACH SHOULDER HAS TRAPEZOID SHOULDER FLASH; BLACK WITH WHITE TRIM; EMBROIDERED "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" WITH CREST AT CENTRE. RIGHT SLEEVE HAS CHEVRON WITH THREE STRIPES. LEFT SLEEVE HAS TWO MARKSMAN BADGES AND TWO STARS. WHITE LANYARD AROUND LEFT SLEEVE. "DESIGNED BY LEO SINGER" TAG ON INSIDE RIGHT POCKET. LABEL INSIDE WITH "K. ROLFSON 7-8-78 42066 LEO SINGER".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. FORMAL DRESS UNIFORM; WOULD BE WORN WITH RED BELT (P19960112122-GA) AND WHITE GLOVES (P199601120121-GA). *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112120
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19960112119
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Date
1993
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
2
Length
83
Width
51
Description
NAVY BLUE DRESS SERVICE JACKET WITH BELT. FOUR SILVER BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; SILVER BUTTONS ON TOP OUTER BREAST POCKETS AND EPAULETS. BOTH UPPER SLEEVES HAVE TRAPEZOID SHOULDER FLASH; WHITE TRIM AND "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" EMBROIDERED; CREST AT CENTRE. INNER RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH "CUSTOM TAILORED LA FLECHE BROS. EDMONTON, ALTA." INSIDE POCKET HAS SECOND LABEL WITH "6304 J. DERINGER MAY/93 W: 37 L: 30 1/2 TUNIC AND 2 PANTS CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPT.". CHROME BUCKLE ON BELT; NO MARKINGS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112119
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
WOMEN'S PRISON MATRON JACKET
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19960112117
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WOMEN'S PRISON MATRON JACKET
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
73.6
Width
39.8
Description
NAVY BLUE POLYESTER WOMEN'S DRESS JACKET. TWO PLASTIC BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; TWO HIP POCKETS. SLIGHTLY TAILORED AT WAIST. NO LINING, MARKINGS, OR BELT. TAG INSIDE COLLAR READS "10R MARV HOLLAND INDUSTRIES LTD. CA04944".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. ON 7 APRIL 2014, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE CST. PAULETTE DE COSTE, ONE OF ITS FIRST FEMALE POLICE OFFICERS, STATED THAT SHE WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH THIS JACKET, COMMENTING THAT IT WAS MORE LIKELY WORN BY THE FORCE’S PRISON CELL MATRONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE MATRONS, SEE RECORD P20080008012. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112117
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P19960112124
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, CHROME
No. Pieces
4
Length
77.5
Width
51.5
Description
SHINY BLACK NYLON JACKET WITH A ZIP-OUT NAVY BLUE QUILTED LINER AND A REMOVEABLE FUR COLLAR. JACKET AND LINER EACH HAVE LABEL MARKED "INTERNATIONAL UNIFORMS LTD. STYLE: M6125 SIZE: 40R CITY: LETHBRIDGE POLICE". BOTH SLEEVES HAVE THE "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" BADGES SEWN ON, WITH 2 SINGLE STAR BADGES SEWN BELOW ON THE LEFT ARM. FRONT HAS TWO HIP POCKETS, & TWO FLAP CHEST POCKETS THAT FASTEN WITH A CHROME "POLICE FORCE" BUTTON ON EACH. ABOVE THE LEFT CHEST POCKET ARE TWO EYELETS SEWN ONTO A SMALL PIECE OF FABRIC, USED TO MOUNT BADGE. BLACK LEATHER TRIMMED CUFFS. HEAVY BLACK PLASTIC ZIPPER UP ENTIRE FRONT OF JACKET, USED TO FASTEN. ON THE LOWER SECTION OF THE LEFT SLEEVE ARE TWO SOILED FIREARMS BADGES. ITEM IS IN GOOD CONDITION, LITTLE WEAR BUT SLIGHTLY SOILED. *UPDATE - ARTIFACT MADE OF FOUR PIECES, RATHER THAN THREE. THE FOURTH PIECE IS A VEST MADE OF NYLON. OUTSIDE IS BROWN WITH A FADED LABEL MARKED, "INTERNATIONAL UNIFORMS LTD." AFFIXED TO THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER. INSIDE OF VEST IS SILVER. VEST ZIPS OVER TOP OF QUILTED LINER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON 28 FEBRUARY, 1975, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED A PHOTO AND CAPTION, STATING THAT THE POLICE WERE "EXPERIMENTING WITH A NEW JACKET" AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF INTRODUCING THIS JACKET INTO SERVICE AND RETIRING P19960112131. FOR PHOTO AND ARTICLE, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112124
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112129
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
84
Width
52
Description
NAVY BLUE POLY/COTTON BLEND SHELL, WITH A REMOVEABLE HOOD. BOTH SLEEVES HAVE A HALF CIRCLE BLACK BADGE MARKED IN WHITE STITCHING "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE". LABEL ON THE BACK OF THE NECK MARKED "SPRUNG" & OTHER MANUFACTURING DETAILS. FRONT HAS TWO FLAP CHEST POCKETS, TWO HIP POCKETS & A ZIPPER UP THE FRONT. INSIDE ALSO HAS A ZIPPER TO ATTACH A LINER. NO LINER INCLUDED. COAT HAS A DRAWSTRING AROUND THE WAIST. ZIPPER IS COVERED WITH A FLAP THAT FASTENS WITH SNAPS. IT DOES NOT APPEAR JACKET WAS WORN, AS IT HAS NO EVIDENCE OF WEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112129
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DOWN LINER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, DOWNFILL
Catalogue Number
P19960112130
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DOWN LINER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON, DOWNFILL
No. Pieces
1
Length
70.5
Width
57
Description
NAVY BLUE DOWN FILLED QUILTED BOMBER STYLE JACKET / COAT LINER. CUFFS AND NECK HAVE NAVY BLUE RIBBING, 2 POUCH POCKETS ON FRONT, AND A PLASTIC ZIPPERS FASTENS THE FRONT. LABEL ON BACK OF NECK MARKED "NORTHERN LIGHT" "BOX 1000-CARDSTON, ALBERTA- T0K 0K0 CANADA" & "XXL". NYLON FABRIC. IT DOES NOT APPEAR JACKET WAS WORN, AS IT HAS NO EVIDENCE OF WEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112130
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
3/4 LENGTH POLICE COAT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, CHROME, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19960112131
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
3/4 LENGTH POLICE COAT
Date
1973
Materials
COTTON, CHROME, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Length
90.5
Width
51.5
Description
NAVY BLUE COTTON DOUBLE-BREASTED 3/4 LENGTH JACKET WITH 6 LARGE CHROME "POLICE FORCE" BUTTONS ON THE FRONT. 2 FRONT FLAP HIP POCKETS, AND A WIDE BLACK CORDUROY COLLAR. LABEL ON BACK OF NECK MARKED "EVIN TELESCOPIC SLEEVE" "E&R CUSTOMS CLOTHES", "M.W.J. ST. ONGE", "44-18", "JUNE, 1973", "LETHBRIDGE POLICE", AND OTHER DETAILS. POCKETS, CUFFS & BUTTON HOLES ARE TRIMMED WITH BLACK LEATHER. ITEM DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN WORN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ST. ONGE JOINED CITY POLICE 18 JUNE, 1965 AT AGE 27, HAVING PREVIOUSLY WORKED FOR TRUCKING COMPANY OPERATED BY FODER FAMILY. NEIGHBOR ENCOURAGED ST, ONGE TO JOIN AND WAS ONE OF TWO SELECTED OUT OF INTAKE SCRUTINIZING 100 POSSIBLE CANDIDATES. PER HIS USE OF THIS JACKET, HE RECALLED IN 2006 TO GALT STAFF THAT HE WAS ISSUED A BUFFALO COAT WHEN HE JOINED. WINTERS,HOWEVER, WERE TOO WARM IN LETHBRIDGE FOR SUCH A COAT AND THE UPGRADE TO 3/4 LENGTH JACKETS WAS AN IMPROVEMENT, ALLOWING FOR MORE MOVEMENT AND HANDLING OF PERSONS. HIS FIRST FOUR YEARS WERE ASSIGNED TO THE POLICE’S CITY WIDE FOOT BEAT. ST. ONGE’S 1ST BEAT WAS THE CITY’S EAST, WALKING THE BEAT TWICE NIGHTLY, CHECKING FOR OPEN DOORS (NIGHT) AND BROKEN WINDOWS. HE WAS ALONE AND CARRIED NO RADIO (NO PORTABLE RADIOS ISSUED AT TIME EXCEPT IN PATROL CARS). IT WOULD ONLY BE A COUPLE YEARS AFTER HIS SERVICE BEGAN THAT HAND-HELD RADIOS WERE CARRIED – OTHERWISE ST. ONGE MADE CALLS FROM OPEN BUSINESSES. AFTER FOUR YEARS FOOT PATROL HE TRANSFERRED TO TRAFFIC, COORDINATED BY BILL WEST, FOR SIX YEARS. ST. ONGE WAS ADAMANT THAT HE BE THE “ACCIDENT CAR” AND TO ALWAYS, THEREFORE, BE “FIRST IN THE CHUTE”. WEST SOUGHT OUT GOOD QUALITY CARS, RECALLS ST. ONGE. HE COULD NOT REMEMBER WHEN RADAR WAS IMPLEMENTED AND ALSO CONDUCTED TRAFFIC SAFETY WITH KIDS. LETHBRIDGE WAS THE 2ND CRIME STOPPERS (1982) INITIATIVE IN CANADA AND WAS LAUNCHED HERE BY ST. ONGE. HE WAS THE DEPARTMENT’S MEDIA SPOKESPERSON AND PUBLIC LIASON FOR TEN YEARS, CONDUCTING LECTURES AT THE COLLEGE, WITH SCHOOLS AND CITIZENS. CRIME PREVENTION BECAME A SERIOUS ENDEAVOR DURING HIS YEARS AND HE WAS PROACTIVE IN COMMUNITY POLICING. HE WAS EVEN ON TALK SHOWS (TERRY BLAND) WITH OTHER POLICE AGENCY REPS. AFTER TEN YEARS, HOWEVER, HE WAS ENCOURAGED TO MOVE INTO A NEW ROLE AND WAS PROMOTED TO PATROL SGT. HE WAS A COURT LIASON FOR 2 YEARS (APPROX 1985) BEFORE BECOMING ONE OF FIVE STREET SUPERVISORS, (AKA PATROL SGT) ASSIGNED THE COORDINATION OF 12-13 OFFICERS AND ATTENDING MAJOR SCENES AS REQUIRED FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. BEFORE RETIRING IN 1992, HE WAS A STATION SGT STREET SUPERVISOR, REPORTING TO THE STATION SERGEANT. *** ON 28 FEBRUARY, 1975, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED A PHOTO AND CAPTION, STATING THAT THE POLICE WERE "EXPERIMENTING WITH A NEW JACKET" AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF RETIRING THIS JACKET TYPE FROM SERVICE IN FAVOUR OF P19960112124. FOR PHOTO AND ARTICLE, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112131
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Date Range From
1991
Date Range To
1993
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19960112116
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Date Range From
1991
Date Range To
1993
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
79.8
Width
44
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL JACKET WITH FOUR POCKETS AT FRONT. FOUR CHROME BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ALSO ONE ON EACH POCKET AND SHOULDER TAB. TRAPEZOID SHOULDER FLASH ON EACH SHOULDER; BLACK WITH YELLOW TRIM AND "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" EMBROIDERED AROUND CREST. RIGHT SHOULDER HAS SECOND FLASH BELOW, ALSO BLACK WITH YELLOW TRIM; READS "CHAPLAIN". INTERIOR OF RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS TAG WITH "GORDON CAMPBELL LTD. VANCOUVER CANADA J. TAYLOR AUG/81 9135 G4502".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FOLLOWING INFORMATION RESEARCHED AND COMPILED AS PART OF A POLICE CHAPLAINCY EXHIBIT IN 2008, CALLED BADGE MEETS BIBLE. AT THE TIME, FORMER CHAPLAINS RON BUTCHER AND VERN (TIM) HUNTLEY WERE SPOKEN TO IN ADDITION TO FORMER POLICE CHIEF TERRY WAUTERS. MUCH INFORMATION WAS SOURCED FROM HERALD ARTICLES, DATING TO THE 1970S. JACKET WORN BY SALVATION ARMY CAPTAIN LEN VIRTUE. VIRTUE SERVED AS THE FORCE’S CHAPLAIN FROM 1991 TO 1993 AND WAS THE FIRST CHAPLAIN TO BE ISSUED A UNIFORM. FORMER POLICE CHIEF TERRY WAUTERS OUTFITTED VIRTUE IN ORDER THAT THE HE AND FUTURE CHAPLAINS WOULD BE IDENTIFIED AS FORCE MEMBERS. THIS UNIFORM STYLE WAS REFERRED TO BY FORMER CHAPLAIN TIM HUNTLEY (1994 TO 1997) AS THE CHAPLAINS’ “EVERYDAY WORK UNIFORM” AND WAS WORN ON POLICE ‘RIDE-ALONGS’ AND AT EMERGENCY SITES – PLACES WHERE VISUAL IDENTIFICATION WAS IMPORTANT. THE CHAPLAINS WERE ADDITIONALLY ISSUED A FORMAL DRESS UNIFORM FOR WEAR AT CEREMONIAL EVENTS. FOR OVER TWO DECADES, THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE OPERATED A CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM SIMILAR TO THAT OFFERED IN ALBERTA’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM. CHAPLAINS APPOINTED TO THE FORCE WERE RECOGNIZED AS HONORARY MEMBERS AND EVENTUALLY WORE THE FORCE’S UNIFORM. ITS FIRST CHAPLAINS, CATHOLIC PRIEST FATHER FRANK MCCARTY AND SALVATION ARMY CAPTAIN RON BUTCHER, WERE CONCURRENTLY APPOINTED IN 1973. FATHER MCCARTY WAS THE LONGEST SERVING CHAPLAIN ON THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE, RECEIVING A 10 YEAR LONG SERVICE MEDAL FROM THE POLICE IN 1983. DESCRIBED AS A “GRUFF, ROUGH OLD BOSTON IRISHMAN” WITH A HEART AS BIG AS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, THE CATHOLIC PRIEST PREFERRED HIS CHAPLAINCY ROLE WITH THE POLICE AND THE LETHBRIDGE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE OVER WORKING WITH A CHURCH CONGREGATION. HIS DEATH IN 1985 WAS THE RESULT OF A FALL SUFFERED WHILE PERFORMING HIS DAILY ROUNDS AT THE POLICE STATION AT AGE 76. SALVATION ARMY CAPTAIN RON BUTCHER WAS APPOINTED AS A POLICE CHAPLAIN IN 1973 AND SERVED UNTIL 1979. IN 2008 HE COMMENTED THAT HE “WALKED A FINE LINE AS CHAPLAIN” DUE TO THE NEED TO BE TRUSTED BY BOTH THE POLICE AND PERSONS UNDER ARREST. TO GAIN THE RESPECT OF THE POLICE, BUTCHER STATED THAT HE WENT SO FAR AS TO PARTICIPATE IN POLICE SELF DEFENSE TRAINING IN ORDER THAT THE FORCE’S OFFICERS WOULD COME TO KNOW AND RESPECT HIM AS A PERSON. BUTCHER’S ADVOCACY AND COUNSELING SERVICES WERE AVAILABLE TO BOTH POLICE MEMBERS AND ARRESTED ALIKE. POLICE CHAPLAINS WERE UNPAID, AVAILABLE ON REQUEST, 24 HOURS A DAY AND ACCOMPANIED OFFICERS – OFTEN DAILY – WHILE OUT ON PATROL. IN ADDITION TO ATTENDING TO THE SPIRITUAL AND PRACTICAL NEEDS OF PERSONS IN POLICE CELLS, THEY ENGAGED AND COMFORTED PERSONS IN CRISIS, WHETHER IT WAS SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO COMMIT SUICIDE, A VICTIM OF A CRIME OR A FAMILY GIVEN NEWS OF A LOVED ONE’S SUDDEN LOSS. IN 1995, CHAPLAIN TIM HUNTLEY COMMENTED, “I’M (HERE) FOR WHOMEVER THE POLICE FEEL SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK WITH, BE IT THEMSELVES, THE VICTIMS OF A CRIME OR THE PEOPLE, OR FAMILIES, OF THOSE UNDER ARREST”. THE CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM WAS DISBANDED IN 1997. IT’S LONGEVITY AND SUCCESS WAS OWED TO THE MUTUAL RESPECT THAT EXISTED BETWEEN THE CHAPLAINS AND THE OFFICERS. THE CHAPLAINS APPRECIATED THE “COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING” SHOWN BY THE OFFICERS TOWARDS THEIR WORK – WORK WHICH, MANY FELT, CONTRIBUTED TO THE FORCE’S OVERALL ABILITY TO SERVE THE PUBLIC GOOD. THE DISBANDMENT OF THE CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM IN 1997 MAY HAVE BEEN, IN PART, DUE TO THE FOUNDING OF A VICTIMS’ SERVICES UNIT WITH THE POLICE IN 1991. AT THAT TIME, UNITS OF ITS KIND WERE BECOMING FAIRLY COMMON WITH POLICE SERVICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OVER A ONE-YEAR PERIOD IN 1994, THE UNIT’S VOLUNTEERS HANDLED 747 FILES WHICH INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF ASSAULT, MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, BREAK-INS, ROBBERIES AND SUICIDE. TODAY’S VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES PROGRAM PROVIDES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, AN EMPATHETIC EAR, PERSONAL VISITS TO HOMES AND HOSPITALS, REFERRALS, AND COURT PREPARATION INFORMATION. FOR OTHER CHAPLAINCY ITEMS, SEE P19960112012. RELATED PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND IN THE ARCHIVES HERALD COLLECTION PER ARTIFACT’S HARDCOPY FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112116
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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