Local 68 Hero
Jay Whitesell was recently thanked by
the Kelowna RCMP for helping a police
officer in need.
The Local 68 member, who works for
Maple Reinders, was on the construction
site when a man rammed his
vehicle into a police cruiser after going
on a crime spree in downtown Kelowna.
“I just remember I was at the back of the
work site, doing some work that needed
to get done, and I heard the commotion,”
“Being a first aid attendant on site, my
first thought was, oh my gosh, someone
got hit in the crosswalk that’s right
out front of our work site. So I went
running, thinking someone’s going to
need first aid.”
When Jay and two of his co-workers got
to the scene, they saw that a police car
had been hit by another car and the officer
was being assaulted.
“It wasn’t the help that I anticipated
giving, but someone needed help, and
I just went in and gave the help that
was needed,” says Jay.
For going above and beyond to help
the officer, Jay and his two co-workers
were awarded the Detachment Commander’s
Award and the Kelowna RCMP Challenge