The Howling Wolf

Just as our wolf logo symbolizes the leadership, loyalty, strength of character and sense of family that is displayed by emergency responders, The Howling Wolf serves as the voice of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. A wolf’s howl attracts other members of the pack, invites communication and creates a strong bond between pack members. We hope this blog will have the same impact on emergency responders, workplace safety professionals and traffic safety advocates, bringing us all together in the same pack and providing valuable information about workplace safety issues affecting first responders.

Check in frequently for updates on JPMF events and initiatives, interesting research and to add your own howl to our pack.


The Wake-Up Calls

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

The term “wake-up call” is often referred to as a singular moment.

Much like the “light bulb moment,” it is supposed to be a sudden realization that inspires one to take action.

The period of enlightenment is one element of the wake-up call, and the response to it – if it happens at all – is another potential component.

In our experience, there have been countless wake-up calls when it comes to workplace safety. {read more}

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Pinning Hopes

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

In the time between the line-of-duty death of Const. John Petropoulos on Sept. 29, 2000 and the creation of the non-profit society that later incorporated his name, there was a lot going on for those closest to the Calgary police officer.

John’s widow, family, and friends oversaw the donation of his organs – which gave life and new hope to others – and they went about the sombre task of laying the 32-year-old to rest.

These were painful times. {read more}

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What Would John Think?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Sept. 29, 2019 will mark the 19th anniversary of the line-of-duty death of Calgary Police Service Const. John Petropoulos.

It’s difficult to speculate about what kind of man John would be today, had he not died at an unsafe workplace.

He would most likely be a dog owner, and maybe a father.

The 51-year-old would certainly be a proud uncle, a beloved brother and a devoted husband. {read more}

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Fallen Officers Memorial Services

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Memorial services for Canadian police and peace officers will take place across the country this weekend.

Maryanne Pope, chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund and widow of Calgary Police Service Const. John Petropoulos, will be at Parliament Hill in Ottawa for services on Sunday, Sept. 29th.

The last Sunday of September is recognized across Canada as Police & Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. The date allows people to formally recognize the dedication of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep communities safe. {read more}

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A Wolf Named Nakoda

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Can a sad story save a life?

We believe it can – and we know that doing nothing in the wake of a preventable tragedy won’t bring about a better future.

On September 29th, 2000, Maryanne Pope’s husband John, a police officer, died as the result of a preventable fall at an unsafe workplace. {read more}

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Having a Safe Stampede

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Giddy up! The Calgary Stampede is right around the corner.

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth returns July 5-14, bringing with it all kinds of fun and exciting activities.

But the Stampede also brings more than a 10-gallon hat full of potential hazards to the city, so it’s time to saddle up and ponder workplace safety. {read more}

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