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October 27, 2016: Heroes – Closer Than You Think; People taking care of people.

October 27, 2016: Heroes – Closer Than You Think;
People taking care of people.

By Lorrie Marlow.

Lyle Emmerson.
Mechanicsville is celebrating its own resident superhero, Mr. Lyle Emmerson. No cape needed, just a case of insomnia on a hot, muggy night.

On July 9, Mr. Emmerson was touring around Mechanicsville on his motorized chair when he spotted a fire at 59 Carruthers near Burnside Avenue. As you may know, the houses are close together in this tight-knit neighborhood and the adjacent home was succumbing to smoke and fire damage. Mr. Emmerson crawled up the steps of that home and woke the families from a deep slumber and saved their lives.

In October, the City of Ottawa Fire Department gave Mr. Emmerson, a Fire Commendation Award for saving nine lives. The Mechanicsville Community Association would like to thank Mr. Emmerson for being our neighborhood’s superhero. A fire fundraiser was coordinated by the Mechanicsville Community Association and the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee in July at the Carleton Tavern for the families affected by this fire and $2600 was raised to help those families.

Cst Dawn Neilly.
Another person receiving an award is our local Community Police Officer, Constable Dawn Neilly. The Mechanicsville Community Association with Letters of Support from the Hintonburg Community Center, Civic Hospital Community Association and the West Wellington BIA nominated Constable Neilly for the Crime Prevention Ottawa –Enforcement Officer Award.

These communities all agreed Constable Neilly deserved this award given to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in crime prevention within an enforcement context. Constable Neilly has worked extensively with the residents of Mechanicsville, Hintonburg, West Wellington and Civic Hospital to address our policing needs.

She attends every meeting held by these groups to discuss incidents and follows up promptly on her actions and results. She meets personally with residents to advise them on solutions and how to undertake the complex reporting process. Local condominium boards have expressed how much they appreciate her attendance to discuss security issues, provides recommendations and follows up on the results.

Constable Neilly understands the importance of community events and attends every event to engage with residents. Our communities have many residents who are apprehensive of police officers and she has managed to gain their trust and respect.

Constable Neilly works from the Wellington Community Police Center located at the Hintonburg Community Center and has an open-door policy. Many residents have expressed they are more comfortable seeking police services at a local community center than to be seen entering/exiting an actual police station.

The volunteers who work with Constable Neilly at the Wellington CPC are an invaluable team to our community. If you have ever chatted with Constable Neilly’s you will be blinded by her smile but its her listening and communication skills which are her best tools. She is an excellent example that community policing works and our communities need this service.

Congratulations to both Mr. Emmerson and Constable Neilly on your awards, and thank you for who you are and what you do for our community.

female uniformed officer smiling

In the park.

Photo Caption: Constable Dawn Neilly, recipient of the Crime Prevention Ottawa Enforcement Officer Award, at the Hintonburg 5K Run in July of this year. Constable Neilly’s efforts, along with her regular column in Newswest, contribute in large part to what makes Community policing Work in Ottawa neighbourhoods. Photo by Tim Thibeault.

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Hero for the Community.

Photo Caption: Constable Dawn Neilly on the beat and sharing stories and cake cutting duties with Cheryl Parrott and a previous community police officer for the Wellington West area. Photos by Tim Thibeault.

collage of 2 images, left man in wheel chair talks to TV reporter, right man in wheelchair lines up with Mayor and others for the press to take video and photos.


Photo Caption: Lyle Emmerson was a favourite of the press and politicians on award night. Photos by Corey Monahan.

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