Editorial about first on the scene police report

The one thing I was absolutely terrified of facing as a new reporter was the possibility of being on scene for police activity

The one thing I was absolutely terrified of facing as a new reporter was the possibility of being on scene for any police or ambulance activity. But I figured, small town, that probably won’t happen.

However, I didn’t figure that, small town, I might be the one making the 911 call.

When I first got this position, I was expecting that all I would have to do was contact the RCMP to receive the weekly police reports and write professional stories about them from a distance.

Like, so far at a distance, that if the apocalypse was the equivalent to police activity, I could camp out in my apocalyptic-proof bunker as I radio communicated with my sources to receive information. Separated, serene, and safe from my sanguine mind actually having to face what is happening in the world.

When I got home after the incident on Sept. 30, I was pretty much so high on adrenaline that I sputtered out to my mom and sister how exciting the whole event was like a VHS movie on fast forward.

Clearly I needed to be sedated.

In all my working years at Houston, since the good ol’ days at A&W when I was but a tween of 14 years, I’ve learnt one valuable lesson: the quickest way to get over your fears, is to find yourself in situations where you’re forced to act on them.

Are you naturally an introvert, now working as a cashier serving burgers? Well, hun, you better start learning how to say, “Hello! Can I take your order?”

Are you someone who avoids looking like a fool, so instead of asking for clearer directions when someone tells you to WD-40 the Tarzan rope, you go and do exactly just that. You spray WD-40 directly onto the Tarzan rope. Well darling, prepare to be a fool in stride.

Are you someone that doesn’t like to ask a lot of questions because you’re afraid that you might be invading someone else’s privacy? Well guess what babe, you’re a reporter now. Your job is to do exactly that.

I can’t say that I am looking forward to the next time I may have to report on scene at a police or ambulance incident, but I will say this: I’m a bit more delusionally confident in what I do for work.

 

Just Posted

Workers had a busy time today repairing a broken main water line. (District of Houston photo)
Water service being restored

Main line on 13th had broken

Flags at the District of Houston administrative building were lowered last week following the news that the remains of as many as 215 children were found buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. The flags were raised back up yesterday. (Houston Today photo)
Flags lowered in memory

Flags at the District of Houston administrative building were lowered last week… Continue reading

Bruce Tang- Unsplash photo
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

“Older adults in our communities continue to find themselves in vulnerable situations… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials watching U.K.’s Delta variant struggles, ‘may need to slow’ restart plan

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Harvesting hay in the Fraser Valley. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
COVID-19: B.C. waives farm income requirement for a second year

Property owners don’t need minimum income for 2022 taxes

Cruise ship passengers arrive at Juneau, Alaska in 2018. Cruise lines have begun booking passengers for trips from Seattle to Alaska as early as this July, bypassing B.C. ports that are not allowed to have visitors until March 2022 under a Canadian COVID-19 restrictions. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
B.C. doesn’t depend on U.S. law to attract cruise ships, Horgan says

Provinces to get update next week on Canada’s border closure

Most Read