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I was really stuck on the unplowed street and tried to get myself out by getting cat litter out of the trunk and with the aid of my cane, putting it in the deep holes I had already made.
But I was not successful.
Several gentlemen on Clifton Street came out of their homes to help me. One even drove my car while the others pushed.
I was so relieved they all helped me and express my sincere thanks to all those kind "knights" who assisted me.
I wish I had asked their names but after I was on my way, I didn’t want to stop for fear of getting stuck again.
Thank you, kind sirs, for helping me that day.
— E. Patterson
05/18/2013 2:00 AM
Hats off to our Winnipeg Police Service.
Our van was stolen this morning, right off our street at 7:30 a.m., and we had Parent LED Conference at 8 a.m..
Patrolling the neighbourhood afterwards, I stopped and chatted with an officer in a cruiser. He knew all about it. Heard it on the radio. Knew we had a Blue Bomber plate. Was keeping his eyes open.
At 11:25 a.m. we got the call. They spotted it and recovered our van.
Thanks to all the staff and police for their hard work. It is greatly appreciated!
— Mike and Jodie Ogibowski
05/16/2013 2:00 AM
The plows were clearing the streets in my zone, and I was worried about the big ridge that would be left at the end of my driveway.
I use a wheelchair and someone clears my snow, but he can’t always come right away. I was going out that day so knew I needed the city snowplows to help me.
When I heard the plows, I got into my power chair and went outside. They were already on to the next driveway, and I couldn’t get their attention. I tried to catch up with them down at the corner, but I still couldn’t get their attention. So I turned around and headed home.
That’s when my chair started sinking into the snow. I started spinning in the chair and knew there was no way out by myself. I had come out without my phone and couldn’t even call the neighbour for help. The next course of action was to wave down the next car that drove by.
Then I saw the plows coming back my way. I waved as the first one passed and saw him pick up a device — a walkie talkie of some kind maybe — and then look back to the second plow. The driver of the second plow jumped down and came over to me.
He didn’t say a word — I think they wear ear plugs. He pushed my chair out of the rut, and I asked if he could clear my driveway. He had a bit of a smile and without a word got back into the plow and cleared my driveway.
I gave him a thumbs up and a smile, and he smiled and nodded, and they went on their way.
It was such a gift. I am so grateful to these men who took the time to put themselves on hold to bail me out.
— Judy Ford
05/14/2013 12:59 PM
Our daughters came home to find our dogs, Buddy and Sheldon, gone from our yard. The gate to their run was side open, and the dogs were not to be seen.
A neighbour said they’d been running around their yard in the morning, so the dogs had been out all day and could have been anywhere.
My husband and I were driving home to East. St. Paul when we learned the news. We tried to hurry home in rush hour traffic, all the while talking about how we dreaded going home to aimlessly look for them and maybe find them dead on nearby Highway 59.
Then we got the call on my cellphone. My daughter said the Birds Hill Animal Hospital had called. I thought, "Oh no," but she said not to worry the dogs were OK. Staff from the animal hospital were bringing them home.
The staff turned out to be two really nice women who had heard there were two dogs on Highway 59 in need of help. They sacrificed their lunch break and rescued Buddy and Sheldon who were running around the floodway.
Word has it that a semi-trailer truck swerved to miss Buddy as he crossed the busy highway. Who knows what other dangers the dogs encountered?
But they are safe at home now, thanks to the good people of Birds Hill Animal Hospital (and the truck driver who swerved.) We didn’t get their names, but we will see them again when we bring our dogs in for a checkup. We were looking for a good vet, and we believe we have found one.
— Barbara Barnett-Fontaine
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