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.

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Put Yourself in Our Boots – Police

Put Yourself in Our Boots – Police

This 30-second public service announcement (PSA) is based on the death of Calgary Police Service Const. John Petropoulos. He passed away in the line of duty on Sept. 29, 2000 while investigating a break-and-enter complaint at a warehouse. John stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and succumbed to brain injuries. There was no safety railing to warn him, or anyone else, of the danger. There was no intruder in the building and the call ended up being a false alarm. The purpose of the PSA, which features actual police officers, is to use real-life examples of workplace hazards faced by emergency responders and make the viewer think about occupational health & safety from the perspective of first responders. The TV spot, which has been broadcast across Canada and parts of the U.S., is part of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund’s Put Yourself in Our Boots safety campaign, which includes a 10-minute safety video, a series of PSAs, posters, safety tip sheets and other resources.

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