The 911 call came in just after 5 p.m. to the fire hall in Nipawin, Sask., on April 6, 2018.
Fire chief Brian Starkell has seen a lot in his 41-year career, but nothing could prepare him for the devastating scene that nearly every first responder in the area would encounter.
A semi-trailer truck had just collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335. The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks.
“It’s been rough,” Starkell said. “We all have our moments. Even until today, you’ll have a high moment for a while, then all of a sudden something will hit us and drag us back down.”
As firefighters, paramedics and police arrived at…