Off-Duty Deputy Chief Performs Lake Rescue 

(Innisfil, ON) When Deputy Chief Robin McElary-Downer took a leisurely boat ride last Sunday, the last thing she expected to do was to perform a rescue.

Just back from an out-of-town vacation, Deputy McElary-Downer took advantage of the nice weather to enjoy Lake Simcoe on the last day of summer. As she cruised along, she noticed a Sea-Doo operator attempting to paddle to no avail due to the high winds and waves. Then she saw something nearby and realized it was a man bobbing in the water yelling for help. The pair had been separated when the operator of the Sea-Doo was pitched from his vessel taking the ignition key-fob with him. The Deputy closed in on the man in the water, reached out with an extended pole and pulled him toward her water craft. He managed to climb aboard and she transported him back to the stranded Sea-Doo. No one was injured.

Kudos to our Deputy Chief for stepping up and averting what could have been a tragic outcome. Be it on-duty or off-duty, our commitment to community safety doesn’t take a day off.

UPDATE: Cyclist Struck 

(Innisfil, ON) A 12-year-old Innisfil boy’s condition is improving at a Toronto hospital following a collision with a vehicle while riding his bicycle.

On Friday September 20, 2019, around 5:30 p.m., the boy and his sister were riding their bicycles eastbound on Big Bay Point Road near 25 Sideroad in Innisfil.

As an eastbound Kia attempted to pass the cyclists, the boy’s bicycle and the Kia made contact. The child was rushed to a local hospital and later transported to a Toronto hospital. The driver of the Kia remained on scene and spoke to police.

As a result of a police appeal, several witnesses have come forward which has assisted the investigation which is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Simcoe Police Service at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

3-Day Suspension Issued at RIDE Stop 

(Bradford, ON) A 50-year-old Toronto man was issued a three-day licence suspension as a result of a RIDE program in Bradford.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 around 12:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers stopped a vehicle at a RIDE program at 10th Sideroad and Line 6. Police detected an odour of alcohol. A caution was registered from a roadside screening device test. As a result, the driver’s licence was suspended for three days.

We conduct random RIDE programs year round in our ongoing efforts to keep impaired drivers off our roads. Impaired driving is a crime in progress. Never hesitate to safely call 9-1-1 if you spot a suspected impaired driver.

On Monday, September 23, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 91 calls for service.