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It was a special day at the Cranbrook RCMP detachment on Nov. 23.
Five youths were welcomed in to be recognized by the RCMP for their heroic actions to keep a young child out of trouble a month earlier.
According to police, the five Cranbrook youths noticed the child walking along the railroad tracks unaccompanied on Oct. 18.
They worked together and were able to divert the child away from the potentially dangerous situation.
“The child was alone and was trying to walk to the store to find their mother,” said Cst. Katie Forgeron. “The quick thinking of these youths ensured that the child was removed from the potential danger of the tracks.”
The youths didn’t stop there, as they called police and stayed with the young child until help could arrive.
Staff Sgt. Barry Graham says we thankfully will never know what may have happened to the child if this group didn’t come along at the right time.
“The group’s quick and compassionate response prevented a tragic outcome,” he explained. “Additionally, word of their inspirational deed spread quickly through Cranbrook detachment, making each and every one of us incredibly proud of the community we serve.”
On Nov. 23, Christeena Soles, Aurora Plante, Brodie Wall, Aleaya McKenzie and Elena Van Manen were given Detachment Commander's Commendations at a ceremony held inside the Cranbrook RCMP detachment.