This Week in Policing – June 26, 2009

I’ve been involved in a paint war the last few days and have discovered that I am in the ‘needs improvement’ group for actual colour selection.  It took me three days and a couple of different gallons of paint to get it right, but now our laundry room and computer nook are done. 

This is also the first time I’ve had the computer out from under plastic sheeting for more than a few minutes- so if you’ve wondered where I’ve been, I’ve been painting and cursing myself for not hiring a colour designer.

While I was painting I had the radio on, and when it was time, the local news channel kept me company.  So even though this week’s TWIP is brief, it’s a great story.


Bob Bennet with RCMP and PSD Nick

84 year old Bob Bennett from Benson Lake, northern Vancouver Island, fell into a dry well sometime on Saturday, June 20th.  For four days, Bennett tried to climb out of the 2.4 meter/8 ft deep well without success, and was reported missing after he failed to show up to meet a friend. 

Police started their search early on Wednesday, June 24th.  RCMP Dog Handler Cpl. Terry Higginson and Police Dog Nick helped with the search, and by the afternoon, Police Dog Nick indicated on a the dry well, alerting his handler to Bennett’s location at the bottom of the well.

Bennett, who was reported to be in relatively good spirits, was dehydrated but otherwise not badly injured.

“I really found that as long as I infused myself with water at a fairly regular basis that, I didn’t find it particularly distressful,” Bennett told CBC News (for the full story) .”You know, I was searching my memory for the various tales that I’d read with regard to starvation and the rest of it, and I thought, well, I hope we don’t have to go 10 days, but if we have to, we have to,” he said.

At 84 years old, Bob Bennett could teach the rest of us what it means to be a survivor.

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