RCMP officers don’t just fight crime in the communities they serve, they sometimes chop firewood

Midway, B.C. Southeast District, This Is Who We Are

2021-01-21 15:00 PST

Mounties in Midway found time in between responding to calls for police service in the community to chop fire wood in order to support a local citizen, experiencing difficult times.

(left to right) Cst. Jonathan Stermscheg, Cst. Chris Hansen, PS Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters stand in front of two police vehicles full of firewood;

Photo credit: Cst. Chris Hansen

View in larger image: Cst. Jonathan Stermscheg, Cst. Chris Hansen, PS Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters stand in front of two police vehicles full of firewood;

On Wednesday January 20, 2021 local Midway front line RCMP officers, and a Public Service employee worked collectively to search the back country, not for a dangerous suspect, but for much needed firewood to heat the home of a local resident in need.

Recently Midway RCMP responded to a residence to provide assistance to emergency medical crews, who were attending the home for a medical call. One of the responding officers took it upon them self to return to the home and check on the well-being of a woman, after her spouse was taken to hospital for medical care.

The officer interrupted the elderly woman as she was in the process of breaking up household furniture to burn, in the home’s wood burning stove, for heat, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. That officer didn’t think twice and immediately rounded up the troops, who travelled into the back country to chop wood, which they sorted, spilt, delivered and stacked for the local elder.

RCMP live in the communities they proudly serve. Our front line officers and support staff don’t just work together to catch bad guys, they work proactively to prevent crime before it happens, they are involved in our school communities working closely with our youth, they coach sports, they volunteer as part of non-profit organizations and they pride themselves in stepping up to lend a hand to others who may need a little help.

It can be easy in these new COVID-19 times to become isolated, and unaware of the challenges our neighbours, friends and even extended family may be facing in private. We hope this small act of kindness encourages other British Columbians to step up, reach out to those around them and help out where they can. This has highlighted the importance of working together and looking out for one another during these unprecedented times, adds Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to PSE McLaren, Cst. Hansen, Cst. Stermscheg and Cpl. Peters for their tremendous compassion towards not only this wonderful couple in need of a lending hand, but their community as a whole. They are leaders and represent just some of the incredibly compassionate and dedicated people we are lucky to have providing policing services in our area, states C/Supt. Brad Haugli, District Commander of the RCMP Southeast District.

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Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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