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.

Today is Day of Mourning

April 28th is Day of Mourning to Remember Workers

Today – April 28th – is a day to remember the many workers who have died as a result of their job, either due to injury or occupational illness.

Sadly, due to the devastating impacts of the pandemic, this day is more important than ever to take a moment and reflect on the many workers who have lost their lives from COVID19.

Here is an excellent article about the human cost of COVID19.

The JPMF would also like to take a moment to thank the thousands of healthcare workers & professionals and other front-line workers, including first responders, who put their health & safety on the line, day in and day out. Click To Tweet

More than ever, proper workplace health & safety measures are imperative.

On this Day of Mourning, the JPMF would also like to send out a shout-out to Threads of Life; An Association for Workplace Tragedy Support. Threads of Life provides support to families who have been impacted by a workplace tragedy. Unfortunately, they are busier than ever.

Maryanne Pope, Director at Large with the JPMF (and John’s widow), is the Family Spokesperson for this year’s Steps for Life Calgary fundraising event, in support of Threads of Life’s programs and services.

You can view a short video (3 minutes) of Maryanne sharing why workplace safety matters to her – and why she supports Threads of Life.

As always, thank you for reading and please take care, stay safe & stay well.

About the JPMF

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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