Peter Wiehler’s memory could live on in local park

Council looking at which parks could be named in paramedic's honour

 

It’s looking very likely that a local park will one day be known as the Peter Wiehler Park.

Wiehler was a well-respected and hard-working BC paramedic, working in Agassiz for 30 years. Wiehler passed away due to ALS last year, leaving behind his wife, Sharon.

She wrote a heartfelt letter to the District of Kent, on behalf of her family, to ask them to consider renaming a park in Agassiz after her late husband. In the letter, she outlined some of the things that set her husband out from the crowd.

“Peter would often attend calls where he was able to use his knowledge of the German language to community with elderly who only spoke (that) language,” she wrote. “Peter’s parents were well known in the community and they also had many German friends living in Agassiz. Soon, at different hours of the day and night the phone would ring andI would answer only to hear a distressed German voice on the other end. Peter would take the call on his own time, would get out of bed at all hours of the night to go and sit with these people and see if they needed an ambulance called.

“Peter went above and beyond the duty for most of our married life,” she said.

She is hoping to one day take their grandson to a park where they can remember him, and where their daughter Alisha (who is a gardener for the District) could tend the gardens.

Council eagerly agreed to consider naming a local park after Wiehler. Now, the task will be to find a park that could be renamed. While Evergreen was considered, that park also being reconsidered for renaming to reflect the work by the Lions Club to have it built.

Rockwell Park is also being considered.

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