This is a good reminder for all of us to make sure we try to avoid leaving valuable items in places which are easily accessed but more importantly, for us all to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behaviour around town. We, as police, are always open to hearing about what you have seen or heard at unusual times of the day or in locations where people should not normally be. More so, do not wait until morning or the next day to report it, call at the time. While your call will be received by Albany Police after hours, they will not hesitate to call us out of bed to search and investigate, something we are more than willing to do.
On a solemn note, I attended a fatal car roll over near Newdegate on the Saturday night of the long weekend in which a four year old girl died. The scene was very confronting for all emergency services who attended, the first motorists who stopped and especially for the family of the girl who were in the car.
I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure everyone in your car is wearing a seatbelt and that our kids are secured in an appropriate seat or booster. Seatbelts do save lives, full stop. We might give cautions for things like speeding sometimes but never for seatbelts.
It is always amazing to see normal members of the community who volunteer to become Ambulance officers or fire fighters do phenomenal things and on this occasion, see some sights that quite frankly, none of us should ever have to see. Luckily, we do not see this very often.
I teamed up with volunteers again on Sunday morning in Katanning with the rescue of an 8yr old boy who got himself stuck up the brick chimney of the family home. A happy ending to this one which makes the service these volunteers give, well worthwhile and satisfying.
St Johns Ambulance and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services are always looking for new people to step forward and volunteer to make this fantastic contribution to your community. If you can, I urge you to consider it.
Article by Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg