New Westminster – On the evening of April 2, 2023 the New Westminster Police Department responded to a call for service in the 100 block of Agnes Street after nearby residents heard a mother in distress. When officers attended the scene they found a child was being tended to by numerous bystanders. Officers provided aid and called for BC Emergency Health Services paramedics and New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services.
Officers learned that the child had become entangled in the garage door and had suffered injuries. A heroic neighbour heard the mother in distress and rushed to free the child who was unable to free themself from the moving parts of the garage door.
“This person heard someone in distress and came running to their aid,” stated Sergeant Andrew Leaver. “They ran out of their residence not knowing what they were going to encounter, and when they saw the child they acted quickly to free them.”
“It’s heartwarming to see neighbours doing the right thing,” stated New Westminster Fire and Rescue Service Chief Erin Williams. “When our staff arrived on scene they could tell everyone was concerned for the well-being of both the child and their mother.”
The New Westminster Police Department would like to thank this neighbour for their willingness to help in an emergency. Officers extend their thanks to neighbours for their patience as securing the scene made the garage inaccessible for several hours.
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Andrew Leaver