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John F. Ross, CCVI students receive Guelph Police’s Junior Citizen Award

June 7, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – Two students from the Upper Grand District School Board are being recognized for their efforts in helping a stranger in need.

Naomi from John F. Ross CVI and Nicholas from Centennial CVI are the recipients of the 2018 Junior Citizen Award.

The award is an initiative of the Guelph Police Service and recognizes Guelph youth who have contributed to their community by assisting the police in keeping the city a safe place to live, work and play. Recipients are nominated by members of the police.

Naomi and Nicholas were honoured for their efforts on August 20, 2017. The two students were walking home along a path in one of Guelph’s conservation areas. They heard a voice calling for help and located a woman who had fallen and sustained injuries. She was unable to get up and told the youth that she had been there for several hours.

The pair acted quickly. Naomi stayed with the woman to assure her that help was on the way and to comfort her and keep her safe. She also called the woman’s family to let them know what had happened. Meanwhile, Nicholas rushed to the nearest street to meet paramedics and direct them to the woman’s location. The woman was then transported to hospital and treated for her injuries.

The area of the park the woman was located in is heavily wooded with no artificial lighting.  It was dark and the evening was cooling off.  Police said the woman could have been in significant danger had Naomi and Nicholas not stopped and assisted her. 

Naomi and Nicholas received the award at the 12th annual Junior Citizen Award ceremony, held on June 6, 2018, in Guelph.

Congratulations Naomi and Nicholas!

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