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.

Faces Behind Stats

A Few of the Faces Behind Workplace Fatality Stats

Second Animated “Casket” Video Ready to View


“Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.”

– Jerry Smith

April 28th is the Day of Mourning.

This is a day set aside to remember workers who have died as a result of their work – either from an injury or an occupational illness.

Since Cst John Petropoulos died on the job in 2000 (he stepped through an unmarked false ceiling while clearing a building and succumbed to a brain injury, as there was no safety railing in place to warn him of the danger), more than 20,000 Canadians have died from their work.

To raise awareness about this fact, in September 2020, the JPMF released the first animated “Casket” video (30-second PSA).

You can view that PSA here.

On April 28th, 2022, we are releasing the second animated “Casket” video (2.5 minutes). This powerful video highlights a few of the fallen workers – and their loved ones left behind.

Because 20,0000 fatalities isn’t just a stat…that’s 20,000 people whose lives were cut short because of a workplace injury or illness. We cannot bring those people back…nor can we remove the horrific impact their death had on their loved ones.

But by raising awareness about their deaths, perhaps we can help prevent future workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

Here is the link to view the second animated Casket video (2.5 minutes).

If you can share these videos on social media, please do.

A special thank you to the families who are participating in this ongoing campaign

On behalf of all of us at the JPMF, a sincere thank you to all the families who contributed photos of your loved ones for this special project. We are very honoured to be able to, hopefully, help transform your devastating personal loss into positive change. From our hearts to yours, thank you…and take care.

About the JPMF

The JPMF was started 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 and how to ensure their workplaces and the roads are safer for everyone, including emergency responders. For further information, please visit

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