Campbell River RCMP come to elderly woman's aid with a paper clip, after 9-1-1 call

By Courier-Islander, Canwest News Service January 13, 2010

CAMPBELL RIVER A mechanically inclined RCMP constable was among the presents received by an elderly Cedar Street woman on Christmas Day, say Campbell River RCMP.

Police say the woman phoned 9-1-1 when her glasses broke.

"She'd stripped a screw out of the frame," said RCMP Cpl. Brian Brown. "It wouldn't hold them together so her lens would stay in place. She didn't know what to do, had no family, and needed her glasses badly to get by."

Responding to the call was Cst. Russ Miller.

"I couldn't think of a better guy to go," Brown said. "Russ is incredibly handy, but it's usually with large pieces of metal and a welding torch. He's actually a heavy-duty mechanic as well. When he was in some northern postings he taught mechanics and shop and one of the local First Nation schools while he was an (RCMP) member. So of all the guys to get the call, it was certainly good that he got it." Proving once again that you can make almost anything out of a paper clip, Miller "fabricated a little clip out of a piece of a paper clip to hold the glasses together to get her through the holidays so she could see an optometrist and have them repaired.

"She later called again on 9-1-1 to ask the member to return and pick up some Christmas treats for the guys that were on shift that day."

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