He was a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and a correctional officer. He was a husband, a father, a friend, and a colleague. In short, Patrick Pidgeon was a hero, who died doing what had become his vocation: helping others in times of need.
On July 16, 2016, Patrick Pidgeon responded to a structure fire in Amherstview. In what family, friends, and colleagues have referred to as the epitome of who he was, Pidgeon summoned his courage and entered the burning structure to save a family’s beloved dog. Pidgeon was successful in his mission, like he’d been in many missions before, but when he returned to the fire to continue his efforts, he became trapped inside the burning building.
It was in that moment that a wife lost her husband, a son lost his father, and the world lost a true hero.
In his time with the Armed Forces, the decorated soldier served one tour of duty in Bosnia, and two in Afghanistan. As a correctional officer, Pidgeon worked in maximum and medium security prisons in Ontario and Quebec. He was a dedicated first responder, and, in keeping with that line of duty and the stresses and challenges that come along with it, Pidgeon’s family have chosen to honour his memory by fundraising for an organization that supports a varieties of first responders: Music Healing Veterans Canada.
The organization uses music therapy to help frontline workers from all branches of the military, police services, fire services, correctional services, border services, paramedic services, and nursing services. To help deal with the challenges those in frontline services face, Music Healing Veterans Canada gives participating individuals an instrument of choice and the opportunity to learn to play through instruction and group activities.
“For many, the objective is to learn to play as a coping tool, but the ‘magic is in the group,’” said Lydia Coco, the event planner behind the Patrick Pidgeon Memorial Fundraiser.
To benefit this cause, the Patrick Pidgeon Memorial Fundraiser will take place tonight, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at Overtime Sports Bar. There, attendees will take in live music – including Kingston’s own Tragically Hip tribute band, Road Apples – and an incredible silent auction with all proceeds going to Music Healing Veterans Canada.
“I want to thank everyone has purchased tickets, gifted, or donated online to the Patrick Pidgeon Memorial Fundraiser for Music Healing Veterans. Ticket sales have exceeded my expectations,” said Coco, noting that there are less than 80 tickets still available, but some will be available at the door.
“I want to remind everyone that Music Healing Veterans is for all first responders. Kingston has a huge community of individuals who could benefit from their services,” she continued. “Get your tickets, see some old familiar faces, listen to some great bands, drink, eat and win prizes!”
Some members of Music Healing Veterans will be on hand so that attendees and first responders alike can learn more about the services they provide.
“While this event is in memory of Patrick, it’s also for all first responders,” Coco said.
To find out more about Music Healing Veterans Canada, click here.
To find out more about tonight’s event and tickets for it, click here.