Story Behind the Award
Excellence in Emergency Response – Constable Devon Northrup and Constable Gerald Crane
The expression “seconds can save lives” could not be more true in regards to the following urgent situation.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 around 12:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers were called about a person in crisis who had contacted family members by phone and text stating that he was going to end his life.
Constable Devon Northrup and Constable Gerald Crane wasted no time in getting to the scene which was a locked garage of a home in Innisfil. While en route to the call, the officers obtained the garage code so that they could access the residence. Once on scene, Crane and Northrup heard a vehicle running in the garage. The officers learned from updates through the man’s family that he was no longer texting.
Fearing for the man’s life, officers quickly gained entry to the garage and located the man in the back seat of the locked vehicle. Crane and Northrup broke out the rear passenger window in order to bring the man to safety. He was assessed on scene by paramedics and transported to hospital to get the care he needed. The officers can take comfort in knowing they saved this man’s life that day, and hopefully connected him to services to assist in his recovery.