A young man in distress aided by local OPP officer and residents

Thank you to the officer who handled the situation with compassion and caring

To the Expositor:

Last Wednesday evening (July 6) I had a young man walk into the store and say three short words to me, “I need help.” After talking to him for a few moments I realized that he did indeed need both physical and mental attention; he was lost and confused, had been walking all day, his feet were bruised, blistered, and he was in a lot of pain. Our first instinct was to offer him comfort with food and coffee and assurances that we would find the help that he was asking for, and in return we received his full co-operation and was very polite. 

We contacted a few organizations that declined and finally settled on calling our local OPP. By the time they arrived we were feeling quite protective of this young man, so when the officer got out of his car I wanted to run out and tell him to be kind and treat him well. I didn’t, and it turned out that I needn’t have worried anyway. We watched as this young officer approached him and greeted him with kindness, we watched as he sat down next to him and talked calmly and with compassion, taking all the time he needed to gain the young man’s trust. We watched as he pulled his cruiser closer so that the young man wouldn’t have so far to walk on his badly injured feet. 

I am writing this letter to thank that officer for the way he handled the situation, for being compassionate and caring. We have a lot of respect for you and thought that you should know. We hope the young man is doing well. Thank you so much 

Brenda Reid and Lori Leeson

South Baymouth