An RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Officer is recovering in the hospital with a broken leg following an incident where he took the brunt of the impact from an ice truck after throwing a girl to safety.
15-year-old Buffy Anne Troy and her family were in their truck, which had slid in to the ditch in icy conditions, when Constable Jim Moir came to the scene. He was leaning into the truck talking to the girl when the salt truck approached and lost control on the slippery roads, setting off a series of collisions heading straight for the truck. When Moir saw what was happening, he picked up the teenager and threw her in the ditch to safety. Seconds later, Constable Moir was pinned between the Troy’s truck and a yellow Highway vehicle, suffering a crushed leg.
“This was obviously a split second decision where the constable realized what was happening, and his first thought was to do whatever was necessary to protect this girl,” said Sgt. Peter Thiessen, spokesperson for the RCMP Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service. “He clearly put her safety ahead of his own.”
After the last few years, when the British Colombia RCMP has faced several black eyes – including harsh criticism over the Robert Pickton case and the Robert Dziekanski tazer death – a story like this one is a welcome sight of “good” PR for the force.
Constable Moir is expected to be off duty for several months while he recovers from the incident.
Photo credit: BC RCMP