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.


Giving Safety on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Giving Tuesday is coming up on Nov. 29th and this time around we will be doing the giving.

Taking place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving back. It is a day when charities, businesses and individuals unite for one reason: to celebrate giving.

Giving Tuesday started in 2012 in New York and it has now evolved into a global movement that harnesses the power of social media and marks the beginning of the giving season.

In previous years, our charitable organization has used Giving Tuesday to solicit donations and recruit volunteers but this year the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) will be giving back. {read more}

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Make It Safe campaign reaches thousands

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The 10-day Make It Safe campaign recently took place from Sept. 25-Oct. 4. The JPMF’s online initiative raised awareness about workplace hazards impacting emergency responders.

The campaign used the #MakeItSafe hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. It included different themes each day and several columns were written by guest writers. If you missed it, here’s a look at the blog series: {read more}

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Thank You For Helping Us Stay Safe

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

By STEVE DONGWORTH, Chief, Calgary Fire Department

In Calgary, we see a lot of motor vehicle collisions (MVCs). In fact, in 2015 we responded to almost 6,000 MVCs and from January – July 2016, we responded to over 2,500.

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) plays a vital role in securing the scene of collisions, helping injured drivers and passengers, extricating people from vehicles, and providing critical care if we are first on scene. We also clean up hazards, including biohazards, to ensure other drivers can continue safely on their journey. {read more}

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Why Our Safety Presentations Trigger Shift in Perspective

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

As emergency services workers, we are tasked with protecting our community in environments that are never predictable, always volatile, and often beyond our control. John’s death brings to the forefront the issue of workplace safety after hours – when our community is asleep we are protecting their businesses, properties and investments, which are often themselves the very menace we face.”

- Darren Leggatt, Calgary Police Service

By MARYANNE POPE, Board Chair, JPMF

And Darren would know. Not only was he a K-9 officer for many years, he was also the officer who went into the warehouse with Const. John Petropoulos on September 29th, 2000 – and started CPR on John after finding him lying on a lunchroom floor, unconscious and bleeding from a head wound. {read more}

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Even Small Acts Can Save Lives

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

By DARREN LEGGATT

Today is not like any other day. But like most people these days, there was a lot that weighed on my mind the moment I arose this morning. The day did begin like most others: a brisk walk around the park with the hound, a chance to stare at the stars before the sunrise, and an opportunity to plan the events of the day to come in the calm of the early morning.

Today is the date that provides a somber and lasting reminder to me of the events that occurred 16 years ago this morning; the events that led to the tragic and preventable death of Constable John Petropoulos. So today for me will never be like any other day, knowing that a small act would have prevented the death of my friend and co-worker. {read more}

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A Story of Heroes

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

By BRIAN WILLIS

The story of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) is a story of heroes. The ancient Greeks believed that every person has it within them to be a hero. They defined a hero as a protector; someone who has the ability to not only look after himself or herself, but also to look after someone else. They have the physical abilities, the knowledge, and the desire to serve. The core strengths of the hero are compassion, love and a commitment to something bigger than themselves. {read more}

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