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.

Count the Workplace Safety Tips in this 8-Minute Marathon Podcast

Photo courtesy of Robin Higgins on Pixabay

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

– Jane Goodall

Is your workplace safe for everyone, including first responders? 

If you are not familiar with the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund – what we do & why – then this 770 CHQR 8-minute marathon radio interview with Maryanne Pope, John’s widow & JPMF Director (and professional speed-talker), will fill you in: 

A big shout-out of thanks to Sue Deyell & Andrew Schultz of 770 CHQR Radio in Calgary, AB. We appreciate your support in helping us spread the word about the importance of workplace safety!

If you don’t have eight minutes to spare at the moment, here are three things you can do – today – to help save a life:

  1. Take a moment to look around your workplace from the perspective of someone who wouldn’t be familiar with any potential hazards. If something needs changing/fixing, please do so.
  2. Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury & death on the job. Are safety railings in place where you work? Do you always wear fall protection?
  3. Our cars can be killers. Please slow down when passing first responders working on the road – and give them room to work. Obey speed limits in construction zones; they are there for a reason. People are not pylons.

For more workplace safety tips and/or to watch our short safety videos, please visit

As for why we do what we do?

To view the JPMF’s newest 30-second “Casket” PSA, please visit our You Tube Channel.

About the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

The JPMF was started shortly after the death of Calgary Police Constable John Petropoulos on Sept 29th, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and died of a brain injury. There was no safety railing to warn him of the danger; the complaint turned out to be a false alarm.

John was 32.

The JPMF is a registered Canadian charity that raises public awareness about workplace safety issues and educates people about why & how to ensure their workplaces and the roads are safer for everyone, including emergency responders. For further information, please visit  

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