Teamwork Helps Save A Life

Posted On Sunday September 13, 2020

On a daily basis, employees at Peel Police go above and beyond during the course of their duties and far too often, these moments go unrecognized.

Not today.

On September 12, 2020, our communications centre received reports from concerned family members regarding the well being of a woman in Mississauga, who was in mental health distress. Kimberley Stezinar, was assigned as a call-taker for the night shift and received a call from the partner of the woman in distress. He indicated that the woman was actively trying to harm herself by wrapping a cord around her neck and trying to jump from their sixth floor residence. Kimberley tried to calm the woman down, while still attempting to gather crucial information for the responding officers, which was then shared to the dispatcher. That dispatching position was occupied by Matthew Correia, a seasoned veteran of the communications centre, who then ensured that the information Kimberley was gathering was relayed to the attending officers as quickly as possible.

Constable Paul Binns, a 15-year-officer and Constable Jordan Ashby, a 4-year-officer, are no strangers to attending calls where someone is in mental health distress. This time however, they realized that the sense of urgency was significantly greater. Using the information they were receiving from Kimberley and Matt, the two officers attended the sixth floor unit where they located the woman completely outside of a bedroom window and being held onto by her partner, who indicated he was losing his grip.  The two officers put aside their own safety, leaned out the window and successfully lifted the woman to safety.

“The actions of the officers, coupled with the crucial information obtained by the communications staff, resulted in the successful outcome of this incident” said Deputy Chief Marc Andrews. “If not for their actions, the minor injuries sustained by the woman would have certainly resulted in a tragedy that would have deeply affected her loved ones and the community”.

We are extremely proud of all involved in this incident. Their commitment to the safety and well-being of someone in distress was clearly displayed as a result of their collaboration and courage to help.

If you or someone you know is in distress, please reach out to your local support line or attend your nearest hospital. In Peel, you can call CMHA Peel-Dufferin at 905-278-9036 at anytime, and trained staff will help you de-escalate, stabilize and support you through the moments of distress. If your situation is a life-threatening emergency, always call 9-1-1.

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