April 17, 2013
DANI Staff are recognized by the Toronto Police Service for their outstanding work.
My name is Rui Simoes and I am a Police Constable with the Toronto Police Service, 13 Division. I am not sure if you are aware of this incident however felt it is necessary that I inform you of a great job that 2 of your employees did, and commend them for it.
On April 3rd 2013 Officers responded to an emergency radio call in the area of Davenport Rd and Walmer Ave in regards to a boy running in and out of traffic. The call was placed by your employees Sarah Levinson and Ashley Orrett. While responding Officers were being updated as to what was happening and received information that Sarah was now out on foot attempting to try and help this hysterical boy. Eventually the boy was stopped and held for Police at the Tim Hortons.
Officers along with the assistance of Sarah and Ashley were able to come up with a plan as to locate the boy s parents as he was autistic and not able to provide vital information that was required. At the time there was no calls for service in regards to the missing boy so one can imagine the challenges involved with this situation. The boy who could only provide his name as Nicholas felt he can point everyone to his home. Nicholas was only comfortable with riding in the back of the Police car with Sarah in order to show his home to us. During all this Ashley continued to attend to the needs of their students ( washroom break, timbits, keeping them calm, etc.).
Nicholas was able to direct us to the front door of his building in the Yonge St and St Clair Ave W area, where he was reunited with his dad.
There is no doubt that the quick thinking and actions of Sarah and Ashley made the outcome of this call a very successful one. Nicholas had run away from his home and the Police were only called when Sarah and Ashley decided to help out. Only after their involvement did a couple of bystanders decide to attend as well.
It is without hesitation that I could say both Sarah and Ashley definitely made our job easier because of their willingness and desire to help people.