Former fire chief thrown to the lions

Chef John Cohen of Green Bean Catering serves Ron Cust some roast beef during the dinner portion of Saturday night’s Roast. The Lions Club organized the event, which drew about 150 family, friends and community members to honour Morinville’s former fire chief. – Lucie Roy photos

by Lucie Roy

The Morinville Lions Club 65th Anniversary celebration held at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Saturday night featured the roast of former Morinville Fire Chief Ron Cust.

Roastmaster Paul Smith started the evening with comedic insults, praise, a number of stories of varying authenticity, and a heart-warming tribute to the man of the hour and his many qualities.

Surrounded by family and friends, acquaintances, fans and well wishers Cust took hits and jabs from roasters Jerry Gaetz, Wyatt Zieger, Ed Bulger, and Stephen Dafoe, as well as a childhood friend who took some shots from the floor during the open mic portion of the roast.

While Cust took the pokes and prods in good stride, he gave as good as he got when it was his turn to turn the tables on those roasting him.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Alberta Fire and Injury Reduction Safety Trailer.

Ed Bulger performs a song about Ron Cust.

Ron Cust rolls with the punches.

The panel listens to one of the roasters.

Comedian Wyatt Zieger performs in Ron Cust attire.

Lifelong friend Jerry Gaetz offers his jabs.

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