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Brandon man among ice storm hydro heroes

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Hydro workers who sacrificed their Christmas holidays to help restore power for thousands in Toronto arrived home just in time to join their families and friends for New Year’s celebrations.

The workers landed in Winnipeg around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Perimeter Aviation Terminal, welcomed by staff from Manitoba Hydro.

Brandon line maintenance supervisor Darin McMurdo said he was looking forward to seeing his family.

“I’m going to give my wife a big hug, and take a look under the Christmas tree to see what Santa Claus brought for me,” he said.

McMurdo is one of 42 people who volunteered to help restore power to thousands of customers who were without light or heat after an ice storm struck Eastern Canada. The ice storm left more than 300,000 people without power in Ontario, forcing Toronto to send out a request for help to tackle the job.

The workers flew out of Winnipeg on Christmas Eve.

“I was thinking on the way home that maybe we’ll have a Ukrainian Christmas this year,” McMurdo said, since Ukrainian Christmas falls on Jan. 7.

Rick Jaslowski, 48, didn’t hesitate when he volunteered to go restore power for the people of Toronto.

“They needed help, so that’s what you do,” he said. “If we needed help they would be there for us.”

The workers weren’t expected home until later in the week, but the work was done faster than expected, and their services weren’t needed anymore.

Jaslowski was hoping to surprise his wife Tuesday evening.

“I didn’t tell her I was coming home,” he said, laughing.

» Winnipeg Free Press

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 2, 2014

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba Hydro workers who sacrificed their Christmas holidays to help restore power for thousands in Toronto arrived home just in time to join their families and friends for New Year’s celebrations.

The workers landed in Winnipeg around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Perimeter Aviation Terminal, welcomed by staff from Manitoba Hydro.

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba Hydro workers who sacrificed their Christmas holidays to help restore power for thousands in Toronto arrived home just in time to join their families and friends for New Year’s celebrations.

The workers landed in Winnipeg around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Perimeter Aviation Terminal, welcomed by staff from Manitoba Hydro.

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