Local First Nations are mourning the loss of Capt. Randy Bair.

Bair, a longtime firefighter from Muskoday First Nation and a Protective Officer with Saskatchewan First Nation Emergency Management (SFNEM) passed away late last week after a battle with cancer.

In a media release Muskoday First Nation Chief Herman Crain gave his condolences to Bair’s family along with those who cared for him in his final days. Crain said Bair was a close friend and fellow firefighter, Crain added Bair will be remembered.

“We will remember him as a hero and mentor in his role responding to emergency situations, many times putting his life on the line and helping our members in dire situations,” said Crain.

The current chief of the Muskoday Volunteer Fire Department Troy Bear expressed his gratitude for Bair’s years of service. The fire chief said Bair’s work was his true calling and added many people don’t get to fulfill their purpose in life the way Bair did. Bear said the late firefighter’s legacy will live on.

“Randy expressed he still had many plans to ensure fire safety in our First Nation communities and we will honour his legacy by continuing this work that he held close to his heart,” he said.

The Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) also issued a statement sending their condolences to Bair’s family and friends along with the community of Muskoday.

The statement said Bair was recognized for his 25 years of service when Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty presented him with the Protective Service Medal. The PAGC added through his work Capt. Bair served a wide array of people.

“He took great pride in helping his people from throughout the province, especially in his work as the lead of PAGC’s Search and Rescue team,” the statement said.

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