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Possible chemical leak at campground in Fort Macleod under investigation

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FORT MACLEOD, AB – A number of people at a Fort Macleod campground fell ill after being exposed to a possible chemical.

Paramedics from across the region were called out this past Sunday to the Fish and Game Campground, along with RCMP after receiving reports that several folks were having trouble breathing.

Six people were looked at on scene and three others were taken by EMS to local hospitals.

Mounties says it’s been determined there may have been a chemical leak from an unknown source.

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The Fort Macleod Fire Department did some investigation and no contaminants were found in the campground or surrounding area. Air quality tests indicated that any hazardous material had dissipated and then area was deemed to be safe.

RCMP are now asking for anyone who may have information on this, regrading suspicious vehicles in the area or possible sources for the chemical leak to give them a call.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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