You are Not Alone: A Remarkable COVID Story
Doug Rigler became a GP Hockey Legend in the player category in 2008.
Rigler brothers sharing the celebration of a Legend. Dave, left, presents his older brother Doug with the plaque. Photo by Stan Neufeld
GRANDE PRAIRIE LEGION 1950-51
Back Row: Walt Hiekkila, Gordon Bond, Don Swanston, Harold Ayre, Deb Crough, John Lynn(mgr.) Robert Card, Charlie Turner, Ernie Nelson, Roy Wright, John Listhaeghe. Front Row: Ron Neufeld, Bob Rigler, Johnny MacMillan, Fred Anderson, Lou Giroux, Jerry Moore, Kelly Schiekle. Stan Neufeld photo collection
Bob, left, daughter Darlene Reeves, and Kitty Rigler were in attendance to honour Doug at his Induction ceremony in 2008. Photo by Stan Neufeld
My brother Ron tells me that every night at seven pm he joins neighbours along his street in Tsawwwassen, BC to honour those everywhere who risk their lives that others, like Doug might live. The following poem is dedicated to recognize the selfless service of our First responders.
OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE NOT ALONE
COVID – what a dreadful scourge
It has thrown a nasty curve.
It strives to undermine our health
And destroy our nation’s wealth.
Like a furtive thief at night
It strikes the poor despite their plight.
All around there’s devastation
There’s a sense of desperation.
Despite the gloom, let’s not despair
We have pros at hand who care
They’re known to us as First Responders
They deserve our highest honours.
Every night near suppertime
Our many neighbours form a line
It buoys us up - it cheers us on
We’ll carry on until it’s gone.
A siren screams and car horns blow
Spontaneous choir – quite the show
Our neighbour’s dogs join in the fray
This attitude won’t go away.
With courage our Responders fight
To conquer COVID - set things right
Throughout the land let’s set the tone
Our First Responders aren’t alone.
Go to Legends, under players, on our website menu to read the biography for Doug
Best wishes to Doug, Lynn, their four children and two grandchildren. You are not alone.
A message from your Legend family.
Grande Prairie Hockey Legends is researched, written and presented by Stan and Ron Neufeld