Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Police Officer Killed in York Region

Chief Eric Jolliffe emerges with senior officers from a Newmarket Hospital to speak to media. He confirmed the death of Const. Garrett Styles during a traffic stop on Hwy 48. I was in my car monitoring York Regional Police when the officer first called out for help. It was so hard to listen to. It was really very sad. We cover these stories and try to stuff all the emotions back inside. Today I think I ran out of space. I tried to tell my wife about what I had heard but just couldn't do it without my emotions getting the better of me.

Everyone rushed to help him and a brave dispatcher tried to comfort him and reassure him that help was minutes away. The clock seemed to slow and minutes felt like hours.

It took me back to a call I was on years ago on Lakeshore Blvd in Etobicoke. In that call I listened from a few hundred feet away as officers, who were pinned down by gun fire, almost begged a dispatcher for help. You just wish you could reach out somehow and help.

Condolences to the Styles family and to all members of the York Regional Police force.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fire in the Sky

Crazy weather last night on my shift. I shot some nice lightning from the garage of a local hospital and then headed down Hamilton way for some trees down in the wind.

I really like Hamilton. I might move there.

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