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February 23, 2011

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

 

Winnipeg Police Service Canadian Blood Services Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Emergency Responders in Blood Battle

2011 Sirens for Life blood donation challenge begins

WINNIPEG, February 23, 2011 – Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service will face off for the sixth annual Sirens for Life.The emergency responders’ blood donation challenge kicked off today at Canadian Blood Services with Shelley M. Hart, WPS Deputy Chief, and Ken Sim, WFPS Deputy Chief of Operations drawing first blood in support of their teams.

“It’s a friendly competition that’s really about teamwork. Police, fire and paramedics work together daily to protect Winnipeggers – ensuring a healthy blood supply is another way we can work together to keep people safe, “says Deputy Chief Hart.

“Blood donation allows firefighters, paramedics and police to extend their services beyond emergency first-responding to a patient’s treatment – ultimately helping to save lives. I’m honoured to be part of that,” says Deputy Chief Sim.

Since 2006, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has won two challenges and Winnipeg Police Service has won three, including Sirens for Life 2010 with 112 blood donations.

The goal for Sirens for Life 2011 is for each emergency service team to achieve a participation rate of 10% and, together, bring in a minimum combined total of 250 blood donations for patients in Canada.

“The challenge continues to grow. This year, in collaboration with both emergency services teams, we’ve set our biggest goal to date. I hope Sirens for Life inspires others to give,” says Bill Coleman, Director of Donor and Clinic Services for the Prairie Region.

Sirens for Life runs March 1 to 31. Canadian Blood Services asks Winnipeggers to give blood in support of an emergency services team. Public donations will count towards the 2011 challenge. To book an appointment, call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. For more information, please visit blood.ca.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Winnipeg Police Service

Canadian Blood Services

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Constable Jason Michalyshen

Constable Natalie Aitken
204-986-3061(office)

Adrienne Silver
204-789-1066 (office)
204-794-5358 (cell)

Barb Maguire
204-986-4721(office)

Assault Arrests :: R11-13719

On February 16, 2011 at approximately 12:00 noon, a 14 year old male victim attended outside his school in the area of the 2200 block of Grant Avenue when he was confronted by a 15 year old female and 14 year old male.

The male and female suspects proceeded to physically assault the victim about the body. At one point during the altercation, lit cigarettes were thrown at the victim. As a result of the incident, the victim sustained minor upper and lower body injuries. It was also learned that the incident was videotaped and placed on the internet.

The investigation continued and arrests were made by a District 6 School Resource Officer.

A 15 year old female is facing a charge of Assault Cause Bodily Harm, and a 14 year old male is facing a charge of Assault with a Weapon.

The have been released on a Promise to Appear.

Strong-arm Robbery :: C11-36886

On February 22, 2011 at approximately 8:15 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service were dispatched to the area of Princess Street and McDermot Avenue regarding a stabbing incident.

The investigation has revealed that a 21 year old male victim had been socializing with a group of individuals he had met earlier in the day. Later in the evening, the group physically assaulted the victim at which time he was stabbed to the lower body. His wallet, identification and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen at that time.

The victim was conveyed to hospital in unstable condition, later upgraded to stable condition.

The suspects are described as: 2 females, 3 males, 14-15 years of age.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Division 11 Crime Unit. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6668 or CrimeStoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

 

For Further Information Contact Either:

Cst. Jason Michalyshen
Public Information Officer
  Cst. Natalie Aitken
Public Information Officer
   
Office: 204-986-3061
Fax: 204-986-7992
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca

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