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Saint John Police Officers Go The Distance To Save A Life

Wed May 27, 2020

A call to the Kids Help Phone on Tuesday, May-26-2020 resulted in a life being saved in a joint effort by the Saint John and Peel Regional Police Forces.

Just before 1:00pm, the Saint John Public Safety Communications Centre received a call from officials with the Kids Help Phone of a suicidal woman who was texting indicating she was going to jump from the building where she works.

The original call was showing an address in Saint John but when officers checked the location, the building was vacant. Constable Neil Savary contacted the woman by phone and began speaking with her. At the same time, his partner, Constable Shandra Weir verified the address of the call which was located in Peel, Ontario.

Constable Weir contacted officers with Peel Regional Police who responded to the address in Ontario. As Constable Savary had been on the phone and was comforting the woman, Peel Regional Police requested he continue his conversation. This provided Peel Regional Police time to have their officers arrive at the building.

After an hour of speaking with the woman, Constable Savary was able to convince her to step away from the ledge of the building where she was assisted by Peel Regional Police officers.      

“Despite the over 1300 kilometer distance between Saint John and Peel Ontario, a tremendous team effort by Constables Savary and Weir resulted in a life being saved,” says SJPF Chief Steph Drolet. “It is great to see officers from two different provinces working together in collaboration and being able to make a difference,” adds Chief Drolet.

Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force