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Saturday , 31 October 2020

Cold Lake RCMP detachment, Constable thank public for support

The Cold Lake RCMP detachment is offering words of thanks from the injured Constable and Staff Sergeant Scott Buchanan after the assault on Tuesday.

The Mountie was allegedly assaulted and hit with their own baton in the Walmart parking lot Tuesday evening before the perpetrator left, an eyewitness said on the scene.

“I’m speechless, humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness and support from the community. I know that’s why I do the job, because there are so many good people,” said the Constable, who RCMP have chosen to remain unnamed.

After a chase out of the city, Travis Slipchuk was taken into custody and now faces 24 criminal charges, including attempted murder.

“At times we have a dangerous job, but being viciously attacked is never in our job description. Our member who was assaulted is a wife, a mother, a daughter and a friend, not just a uniform. This was a devastating event,” said S/Sgt. Scott Buchanan.

“Since the attack we have seen a ton of support from the community. I echo the Constable when I say thank you to those individuals, businesses, and community stakeholders who have voiced their support for the officer.”

Residents showing support

There is currently a drive to put together a gift basket for the constable by residents in the Lakeland.

Ccards, gift certificates, personal services, and other donations are being accepted in the gift basket, which Cold Lake Victim Services will hand over to the Mountie.

Drop-off times in Cold Lake in the Mall parking lot is happening Sunday from 11:00am-2:00pm and Tuesday from 2:00-6:00pm to collect donations and cards.

Bonnyville residents can drop off items on Monday from 4:00-8:00pm in the dirt parking lot beside Players Lounge.

Almost a $1000 worth of value has been donated so far.

If you are interested in donating, you can contact Cathie-Leigh Humphreys at 780-813-1221.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.