Buckeyes on the Frontlines

Former lacrosse All-American is a firefighter in Coquitlam, British Columbia

by Jerry Emig

Anyone who saw Joel Dalgarno play lacrosse at Ohio State from 2006-09 knew what kind of impact he could make on a game. Now, he’s making an impact on people in a much different – and critically important – way as a firefighter in his hometown of Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Dalgarno believes being a member of a fire department is similar to being a member of a lacrosse team.

Being on the fire department is just like being on a lacrosse team,” Dalgarno said. “I have learned how to work together and carry on through difficult situations. I believe the work ethic I gained at OSU has carried on with me throughout my life.

What has this pandemic been like for you?

“At work we are constantly adapting to new protocols and the increased use of safety equipment can be challenging.  Also, having two young kids are keeping me extremely busy at home!”

What encouraging words would you say to others on the front lines?

“I have so much appreciation for everyone out there doing their part. We will get through this together.”

How can we help?

“It’s important that we continue to follow our local public health officials’ rules and guidelines.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Joel Dalgarno – Back as a Buckeye

Joel Dalgarno played men’s lacrosse for the Buckeyes from 2006-09 and ranks in the top five in career goals (No. 3, 126), assists (No. 2, 101) and points (No. 3, 227). He was a two-time USILA All-American and three-time first team all-conference selection. In 2008, Dalgarno totaled 75 points (40 goals, 35 assists) in helping Ohio State advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in school history. He went on to play professionally in the National Lacrosse League.


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