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Penticton fuel distributor comes to rescue of stranded guests at Manning Park Resort

A Barry Beecroft fuel driver pulled over and supplied 5,000 litres to power generators

A Penticton fuel company is being thanked for coming to the rescue to keep stranded guests warm at Manning Park Resort.

Barry Beecroft Fuel Distributors, based on Industrial Avenue in Penticton, supplied the resort with 5,000 litres of fuel to power the generators.

Doug Holloway, the maintenance manager at the resort sent Barry Beecroft a thank you letter, especially thanking the driver Grant who provided the fuel and to Troy in Penticton for helping.

“Everyone at Manning Park Resort is so grateful for your true Canadian spirit during times of need and mass disaster,” writes Holloway.

“Highway 3 is closed to the public however during my time of evacuating people in a helicopter I noticed a fuel truck travelling westbound to the sand yard,” said Holloway.

Once he was free to leave, he chased the fuel truck down and that’s where he met the driver Grant Kelley.

“I’m sure he thought ‘what is this crazy person doing in the middle of Highway 3 waving his arms at me.’”

Holloway told Grant they needed fuel because they had a resort full of stranded guests and only operating on power generators.

“Without question Grant asked to see our generator and fuel needs. He made a call to Troy Scheiber and without any issue BBFD supplied us with 5,000 litres of fuel.”

Manning Park Resort managed to weather the intense storm that wreaked havoc across much of B.C., but both the alpine ski area and Nordic area have sustained “significant damage” the resort says.

The resort expressed a “heartfelt thank you” to the Sikh Temple in Osoyoos whose members drove through the night to bring food for the 250 people stranded there on top of the 150 staff who live at the resort.

READ MORE: Manning Park Resort grateful for support during mass disaster

Barry Beecroft said they are happy they were able to help in times like these.

“We are so glad that you spotted him on the road and that with Troy’s guidance we were able to help you help others by keeping you powered up.”

Owner Barry Beecroft said they aren’t facing any supply issues. Their supply chain is not dependent on the Coast and the pricing will remain stable, said Beecroft.

Barry Beecroft serves the Okanagan and Similkameen Valley with eight cardlock locations and five lubricant warehouses.

READ MORE: Food shortages hit food banks

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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