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Nobleford man one of two found killed in northern Alberta

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A man from Nobleford is one of two men found shot to death in northern Alberta as RCMP look into what they’re calling “suspicious deaths.”

Last Saturday (Mar. 28), RCMP found two men with gunshot wounds outside of a pick-up truck on a road near the community of Glendon, west of Bonnyville.

Family and friends have identified the dead as 39 year old Jake Sansom of Nobleford and his uncle, 59 year old Morris Cardinal. The two men were hunting and fishing up north at the time.

Sansom was a volunteer firefighter with Nobleford and District Emergency Services. A post on the fire department’s Facebook page describes Sansom as “a gentle person with a big heart who always wanted to help anyone he could. Firefighter Sansom was always willing to be involved in the dept, community, fundraisers, and continually showed his love for his family and fellow firefighters.”

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Sansom’s family, his wife Sarah and three kids. As of Tuesday morning, it had already raised over $22,000. You can find that link here: Sarah’s Support

The online fundraiser was started by family friend, Alison Yost who says Jake was laid from his job in Nobleford because of the COVID-19 pandemic and she doesn’t want his family to have to worry about paying rent, having food to eat, and now the stress of paying for a funeral.

Bonneyville RCMP and RCMP Major Crimes are continuing to investigate. Police there are asking anyone who may have information on what happened last weekend 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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