Quick work by RCMP members saves woman in mental distress

by | Sep 22, 2023

Detachment commander praises officers for ‘exceptional work’

Saint-Leonard RCMP detachment’s Sgt. Jean-Pierre Bouchard praised members of his team for the quick work that saved a woman in mental distress in New Denmark,

The RCMP said detachment members visited a New Denmark home at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 to arrest an individual on assault charges.

The members made the arrest without incident, but a woman arrived while they were still on the scene. She was noticeably upset by the events.

The RCMP release explained members became concerned for the woman’s health and wellbeing. While the members attempted to de-escalate the situation, they noticed the residence engulfed in flames.

Police forced entry into the burning building and removed the woman before she sustained any injuries from the fire and heavy smoke.

The woman was safely detained and transported to the hospital for care.

Police extinguished the fire, preventing further damage to the residence.

The New Denmark Fire Department also attended the scene.

“This was exceptional work and quick thinking by our members, which demonstrates how a routine call for service can take a sudden turn,” said Sgt. Bouchard. “We are thankful that everyone escaped the house safely.”

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