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September 7, 2012

Thank God that good Samaritan Darrell Krushelnicki was in the wrong place at the right time

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There are times when you simply act on instinct because there isn’t time to think it all the way through.  That’s exactly the position Darrell Krushelnicki found himself in this past week when he saw a car speeding down the road toward four kids crossing the street.

He and a number of other vehicles were already stopped at the crosswalk to allow the kids to cross the street.

“I could just tell it was a bad scenario that was going to take place,” said Krushelnicki, who works in the oilpatch in northern BC “The driver did not see the crosswalk, the amber light flashing, nor the posted speed limit and he appeared to be on a hand-held device of some sort
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Without a moment’s hesitation Darrel drove his Hummer into the intersection, placing himself in the path of the speeding vehicle and in front of the kids in the crosswalk.  He probably saved their lives.

I’m just glad the kids are okay and the only thing that needs repairs is some twisted metal,” he modestly told reporters.

John Troy Heitzman, 23, was driving the speeding vehicle and has since been charged with dangerous driving.  He was [allegedly] focused on his cell phone and not the road when he slammed into Krushelnicki’s vehicle.

Krushelnicki is a little surprised by all the attention his act of heroism is receiving.  He doesn’t see it as a big deal at all, as he was just doing the right thing.

Bizarrely the police are not that enthusiastic about Krushelnicki’s self-less act and while they haven’t panned it completely, they’ve made it pretty clear they think he shouldn’t have done it, which makes no sense at all.

Obviously, it’s not something we want to see people do, but certainly his spontaneous actions may have saved the lives of four children. It’s a miracle he wasn’t hurt himself,” said Edmonton Police Services spokesperson Scott Pattison.

What???  Would they rather he sat and watched Heitzman mow down all those kids???

I don’t get it.

At least the kids whose lives were saved thought it was the right thing to do!

Janice Marett, one of the kids who says that Darrell Krushelnicki saved her life, made it very clear she owed her life to him.

If it wasn’t for that guy, I’m pretty sure that I would be dead,” said Janice Marett.

In a statement that shows his insurance company understands what he did and why, Intact Insurance will not be holding Darrell Krushelnicki at fault for the accident.

We appreciate that thanks to Darrell’s quick response, four children were unharmed last week while crossing a pedestrian crosswalk. Because of these actions, Darrell will not be charged with an at-fault accident and we will also waive his deductible.”

One commenter on the CBC news report says Darrell Krushelnicki should be awarded the Order of Canada for his selflessness and heroism.

So here’s a guy for the Order of Canada; he really did something and it is likely that 4 children are alive because of it. Better than most I see on that list.

Well done sir…you’re a hero.

I couldn’t agree more.

 

 

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July 29, 2012

Kimmirut, Nunavut, and Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing

Fascinating news out of Kimmirut, Nunavut, yesterday.  Kimmirut is located roughly 120 kilometres south of Iqaluit and is where RCMP Constable Douglas Scott was murdered in 2007.

The tiny town has a long tradition of hating the RCMP enough to shoot at them.  I’m sure that while most people in Canada don’t hate the RCMP enough to shoot at them, most people in Canada also wouldn’t lift a finger to help an RCMP member if he or she was in trouble, either.

That’s the price the RCMP must pay for hiding serial rapists, protecting killers and generally placing the Fat Blue Line between themselves and the citizens of Canada, examples of which abound on this website.

Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing are the foundation on which the first police force was created.  Sir Robert Peel believed that a police force could not operate successfully for long without the support and cooperation of the public.  He was, of course, correct in that belief.

The first three of his timeless principles are:

1. The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.

2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.

3. Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.

Throughout Canada and especially in British Columbia the RCMP has a very tough time doing their job due to their lack of adherence to these three principles.  Repeated high-profile disgraces such as former RCMP Corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson, RCMP Constable Bill Bentley, RCMP Constable Gerry Rundel, RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington, RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler, and RCMP Constable Andy Yung all show with repulsive clarity that the RCMP is a police force that does not have the “respect of the public” as Sir Robert Peel calls it.

It would appear that in the tiny town of Kimmirut, Nunavut, that RCMP Corporal Wendy Cornell and RCMP Constable Allan Jagoe are actually behaving like a police force ought to, however.

Why do I say this?

For one very simple reason…

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December 26, 2011

The Spirit of Christmas… Is it really dead?

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Christmas Day normally evokes images of children shrieking in delight under a tree overflowing with presents, a dinner table overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and tons and tons of gravy.

Normally.

Unfortunately, this year like every year, some people obviously didn’t get the memo.

In Baghdad a suicide bomber blew up himself, killed five others and wounded dozens of others at the interior ministry.

In the northern Afghanistan province of Takhar a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral service, killing 20 people and injuring more than 50 others.

In Nigeria followers of so-called “Religion of Peace”, The Boko Haram Islamist sect, decided Christmas Day was the perfect day to murder more Christians.  They bombed three churches, and another suicide bomber that may or may not be linked to them killed four security officers when he detonated his explosives.

In Grapevine, Texas, one family member apparently didn’t like his or her present, and murdered the rest of the family in front of the Christmas Tree before taking his or her own life.

Much closer to home, lest we good Canadians start thinking of ourselves as superior to any of the above lunatics, a 38-year-old Toronto man stabbed a Toronto woman repeatedly and then tossed her off a third-storey balcony.  She survived the fall to the sidewalk that broke her pelvis and is now in critical condition in hospital.

In Surrey, British Columbia, someone shot a 54-year-old woman who was “known to police” on Christmas Day.

After all that, I’ll forgive you if you are feeling just a little depressed!

Fortunately, there is still some Christmas Spirit left in the world.

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