DRPS officers showed dedication and determination as they saved lives over the weekend in two separate incidents.
On Friday, January 18, 2013 at approximately 8:30 a.m., officers attended a house fire in Oshawa. Upon arrival, they found a semi-detached unit with flames and smoke coming out of the windows. The attached unit also had smoke coming out of the windows and attic. Officers were told one person was still left in the attached home and she had a physical disability that may hinder her from escaping on her own. Officers broke down the door of the home, found the 55-year-old woman in her bed and escorted her to safety as her residence filled with smoke.
Later in the weekend, on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at approximately 6:45 p.m., officers responded to a call for an attempted suicide at a residence in Courtice. The officers discovered a 35-year-old male had climbed the antenna tower of the home, which was swaying back and forth in the wind. They climbed onto the rooftop and then the antenna to try to establish a rapport with the man, who was threatening to hang himself. When the man jumped off the tower, officers sprung into action and one used his own body to support the man’s weight as he was untied from the antenna by another officer.
Once off the antenna and on the rooftop, the man was uncooperative. An officer used a Taser to subdue the man, allowing everyone to reach the ground safely with the assistance of the fire department.
In both of these cases, officers are credited with working together to provide the best possible outcome in these life-threatening situations.
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