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.

A Wolf Named Nakoda

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.

After John’s death, several of his police recruit classmates stepped up to the plate and started a memorial fund in his honour. Nearly two decades later, the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund is still going strong, raising public awareness about why and how people can make their workplaces safer for everyone, including first responders.


When Maryanne learned that Nakoda, the wolf she and John had sponsored through Wolf Awareness, had been shot a week before John’s death, she wondered if there was some sort of connection. Upon reflection, Maryanne realized that John, as a person and a police officer, had shared similar characteristics to that of a wolf: integrity, honour, courage, dedication, loyalty, commitment to excellence and being a strong team player. As such, the JPMF chose to feature the wolf prominently in their logo.

Can a sad story save the life of a worker or a wolf? We don’t know. But we do know this: by doing nothing, nothing changes for the better. Raising awareness is an integral part of bringing about change. And stories are how we learn best.

And so, as a fundraiser – and to raise awareness – for both the JPMF and Wolf Awareness, Maryanne wrote a little story: A Wolf Called Nakoda. 


The story, which is 900 words, is printed on small cards (2.5 inches x 2.5 inches), held together by a stainless-steel book ring and packaged in a small gauze bag with a matching tag.

It costs just $9.95 (plus $2 shipping), with $2 from each story sold going to the JPMF and $2 to Wolf Awareness.

If you’re interested, place an order here.

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