Rockland family forever grateful

This letter is to acknowledge the mem- bers of the Clarence-Rockland Fire Services. On April 4 the fire department responded to a call at our home at 864 Laurier Street. We are blessed to have such a professional team. They took charge of the situation, quickly assessing the cause of the emergency as a carbon monoxide poisoning. As our family was taken out of the house by paramedics, the firefighters took charge, not only of the situation in our home, but

their concern went beyond our personal safety as they cared for our pets. They made us feel secure and assured us that everything would be alright, as we were taken to Montfort Hospital. They replaced our old smoke detectors with new ones, opened our windows to ventilate our home, and used large fans to exhaust the bad air. Only then did they return our pets to our home, safe and secure. As residents in Rockland, we are thankful

and eternally grateful to those that volun- teer their time and compassion on a daily basis. They must be commended as they risk their own safety to help the citizens of our community, all the while maintaining other careers, and caring and protecting others unselfishly. A special thank-you to those who re- sponded to our call for help and treated us with integrity and respect. As I was told by the emergency unit doc-

tors at Montfort Hospital, my blood-oxygen levels were at 56 per cent. I was extremely close to perishing. Without the quick thinking and expertise of these courageous people, I might not have had this opportunity to thank the real heroes in my community. Jocelyne Bourgault and Stephanie Boulerice and our pets, Leah, Chili, and Ozzie Rockland

Good times for the heart

Photos Gregg Chamberlain

The Big Bike was on the road again in Rockland on May 2 with various groups fun- draising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation while over at Rockland District High School (above), students there not only pedalled for their health but also Jumped Rope for Heart.

Police host drug drop-off day event

chance for safe and confidential disposal of prescription medicines for secure and envi- ronmentally-friendly disposal. In Russell County, the OPP detachments in Embrun at 411 New York Central Avenue and in Rockland at 626 Chemin de la Baie are the designated drop-off points on May 11. Drop-off hours at either site are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day. “Police in communities across Ontario recognize prescription drug abuse can lead to increases in a wide spectrum of violent acts and property crimes,” stated Staff Sgt. Julie Cyr. “”We support this excellent initia-

tive as another way to reduce this threat to public safety in a secure manner.” Anyone with old, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in their medicine cup- boards or elsewhere at home or the office can drop the items off without even having to get out of their vehicles. The AIM of the program is to get unwant- ed or unnecessary prescription pain reliev- ers like oxycodone, anti-depressants, and stimulants out of circulation. Abuse of prescription medicine is a grow- ing problem in Ontario with the most re- cent statistics indicating THAT 24 per cent

of teenagers reported using and sharing prescription medicines among their peers that they obtained from within their own home. Police are also seeing more theft cases that involve stealing prescription medica- tions from drug stores, hospitals and medi- cal clinics along with incidents where peo- ple have used fake prescriptions to get the medications. On Prescription Drug Drop Off Day police will accept all medications without ques- tion from anyone who brings them in for later safe disposal.


One of the growing drug abuse problems police and hospitals have to deal with now involves prescription medicines that are either out-of-date or stolen. The OPP and other police forces through- out Ontario will host a Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day event at various locations in the province. The goal is to provide everyone with a




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