March 02, 2007 11:10 ET

ATCO Lights Calgary Tower Olympic Flame to Honour Fallen Police, Fire, Military and Emergency Personnel

Lighting to Occur March 3 on 2nd Anniversary of Death of Four RCMP Officers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 2, 2007) - ATCO Group will partner with the Calgary Tower to light the Olympic Flame for 12 hours on Saturday, March 3 to respectfully honour police, fire, military and emergency service personnel who have died in the line of duty.

Don Dempson, President, Calgary Tower said: "The decision by ATCO to put on this commemorative celebration is truly appreciated so that we can honour sacrifices made in the line of duty. The ability to burn the flame for 12 hours allows us to draw more attention to those people who have lost their lives serving our communities and our country."

Viewable from 15 kilometres away, the lighting will occur on the second anniversary of the tragic slaying of four Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers in Mayerthorpe, Alberta.

At the urging of Jason Gordon, whose brother Anthony was one of the RCMP officers killed, the flame burned brightly for four hours on the first anniversary - one hour for each of the four.

With ATCO as a partner this year, the flame atop the landmark tower will burn for 12 hours, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. to commemorate their lives and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice these and many others have made.

"ATCO encourages everyone to celebrate, honour and remember the fallen police, fire, emergency service personnel and Canada's military who put their lives on the line every day for each of us," said Nancy Southern, President and Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Group. "Seeing the flame, we hope that individuals and their families will reflect on the contribution of Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians who make our communities a better place to live."

The flame is lit by a sole individual who manually adjusts the gas source for the flame prior to main ignition. On demand, the main valve is opened and almost instantaneously the cauldron bursts into flame. ATCO Gas will supply the natural gas - about 50 gigajoules an hour.

The Tower was built in 1967 as a Canadian Centennial project and opened in 1968. The flame cauldron was added in 1987 to be the official Olympic flame that burned throughout the XV Winter Olympic Games in 1988. Over the years more than 20 million people have travelled to the top of the Tower.

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Contact Information

  • ATCO Group
    Nancy Southern
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 292-7561 or Cell: (403) 472-0544
    Calgary Tower
    Trish Murrie
    (403) 835-2125