The Millet community gathered amidst wintry weather Jan. 26 to recognize the remarkable achievements of two of their peers.
Royal Canadian Legion Millet branch member Owen Horlacher and longtime firefighter and volunteer Al Hegge were honoured Friday night at a packed Legion hall.
Greetings and congratulations were extended to Horlacher on his 96th birthday and on Hegge’s volunteerism and firefighting career in Millet, recognized by his firefighting equipment being placed on display in the museum.
The MC duties were very well handled by Eleanor Pydde, while dignitaries who recognized the men included Mayor Tony Wadsworth, museum president Garth Randolph, Legion president Geoff Pelquin, museum executive director Tracey Leavitt and longtime Millet fire chief Al Kilborn.
After presentations, family members and guests enjoyed free cake and refreshments.
From the museum…
Biographies submitted by Millet and District Museum and Archives: Owen was born January 2, 1922 near Claresholm, Alberta and lived there until 1955 when his family moved to Lethbridge where he completed school. He joined the RCAP in 1940 and served in various locations in Canada, USA and Europe until 1945 when he returned home. In 1979, Owen, his wife Julie Ann and son Darcy moved to Millet where he still resides. Owen was a very well known photographer whose photos have won many awards. We are pleased to honour Millet’s longest living veteran for his birthday.
Al Hegge was born and raised on a farm east of Millet and continues to reside here. Al owned and operated Mullen Insurance from 1970 to 1990. He then became Assistant Executive Director of the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta until retiring in 2010. During his years in Millet Al was a member of the Millet and District Historical Society, Millet Legion, Millet and District Lions Club, The Board of Trade, East West Millet Rural Fire Co-op, Millet and District Seniors Club and Millet Fire Department. He has been president of each organization and earned the respect of all members through his hard working, hands-on leadership qualities. Al has been the inspiration for many organizations and clubs who have filled a need within the community. He is a determined, self-reliant committed and unique individual who has made a difference in more than one organization. We are please to honour Al with the dedication of the first fireman uniform.