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News archive for December 23, 2013

Officer kicks in windshield, frees mom, child

A mother and small child were rescued from a rolled pickup truck billowing black smoke Sunday evening, thanks to an RCMP officer who smashed in the windshield to get them out.

By Christopher Reynolds on December 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

OFFICER SAVES THE DAY – Whitehorse firefighters examine the scene of Sunday eveningsʼ rollover on Robert Service Way. A quick-thinking RCMP officer averted a potental tragedy after the trucksʼ occupants couldntʼ escape from the vehicle.

A mother and small child were rescued from a rolled pickup truck billowing black smoke Sunday evening, thanks to an RCMP officer who smashed in the windshield to get them out.

The small green truck crashed on Robert Service Way at around 6 p.m., leaving a 43-year-old woman and her four-year-old son trapped inside.

Bystanders told the first officer on the scene they were unable to get them out.

With “large billows of dark smoke” pluming from the vehicle, Const. Susan Shaw-Davis approached and told the woman to cover her face and the child’s, as she was going to break the windshield.

“The constable utilized her baton and kicked in at the windshield, making a hole large enough for the occupants to exit the truck,” police said today.

An ambulance crew transported them to Whitehorse General Hospital as firefighters dealt with the truck.

They were released later that day.

The two family members are from British Columbia, and were visiting Whitehorse for the holidays, a police news release stated.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, which involved no other vehicles.

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now outside

Dec 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Happy ending. Excellent work Cst. Shaw-Davis!


Dec 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Proud of you constable Shaw Davis.. I think you should be nominated for a medal for courage and bravery. God bless you for your quick thinking!
Wonderful story for the season with a happy ending.


Dec 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

The Hammer is proud of you!

Jane Smith

Dec 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Good job, Constable!

Jessica fulmer

Dec 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Way to go constable shaw-Davis glad the mother and child are safe


Dec 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Love you Shaw-Davis!


Dec 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

Great job lady! We are all very proud of you here in H Division.

Rock on & keep up the good work!

Kelley shaw

Dec 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

Amazing , the best quick thinking, that’s the kind of stories we need to hear. Congrats Constable Shaw-Davis .

Sheila and Danny Grant

Dec 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

It sure didn’t take you long to make your mark at your new place of residence Sue.  So proud of you!!!!  Makes for an awesome Christmas story.  So glad to hear everyone involved is OK.


Dec 25, 2013 at 6:53 am

Way to go Sue!! Not surprising though, you’re an amazing lady.

John Brophy

Dec 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

We are Constable Shaw-Davis’s grand parents and have just read the news article on Susan. We are so very proud of her. This is not the first time that this young Mountie has performed above and beyond the call of duty. She has been posted to Whitehorse at her own request and this is the first time that she has been away from home at Christmas. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas. Don’t you think? As a further note, you might like to Look into her time in Nova Scotia, where you will find a previous time in her career for which she received a special commendation for bravery. Perhaps the RCMP might elaborate. If not, We can explain a little further.
Susan is a very special young lady.

Tammy Shaw-Pistilli

Dec 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

I am very proud of you for your quick thinking and very brave actions. Please stay safe. Love you always.

denise fraser

Dec 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

way to go shaw davis we are very proud of you in antigonish

Michael Matthews

Dec 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Way to go Sue. proud of your actions from Antigonish.

Evelyn Marie OBrien

Dec 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

Well done Sue. You are sooooo appreciated and loved. Was Shauna on the Ambulance? You 2 are quite the pair. So proud of you!
This is from Goshen N.S.

Laura Plant

Dec 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thank you Constable Shaw-Davis for your heroic work saving my friend and her son. A harrowing tale, but one where you are the shining star. Thank you!!!!

Caroline Simpson

Dec 31, 2013 at 5:01 am

From Sydney, Australia - a sincere thank you to Constable Shaw- Davis for helping my friend and her son.

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