In December of 2016 at approximately 6 p.m., the family of an 11-year-old Oshawa girl called police. Their daughter was last seen leaving home at 8:30 a.m. that morning and heading for school. She didn’t return home. It was quickly determined that the girl never attended school that day. She had been recently diagnosed with depression and her family was concerned for her safety. Responding officers immediately commenced a search in the dark and cold conditions, but were not successful. The Public Safety Unit (PSU) was called in to assist. Both on- and off-duty PSU members responded and began a methodical ground search in the heavily wooded areas near the girl’s home. The cold, frightened child was located near thick brush, shivering in the dark and crying. She had stayed outside all day and was not dressed for the elements. Officers spoke calmly and softly to her and she was taken to a cruiser to warm up before paramedics arrived. The quick response and co-ordinated approach of the PSU saved this girl’s life.
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