At the 40th Annual Knights of Columbus Police Appreciation event held May 16, 2018 the Knights of Columbus named Peterborough Police Officer Samuel McCullum and Police Service Dog Hal Officer (and Police Service Dog) of the year.
Knights of Columbus
Police Officer of the Year 2018
Constable Samuel McCullum and
Police Service Dog Hal
On March 18, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m. police responded to a call on McNamara Road regarding a female party who was severely intoxicated and was involved in a family dispute. During this dispute the female party exited a moving vehicle and fled the area.
The 16-year-old female fled into a series of fields and became disoriented to the point where she fell into the Otonabee River and was unable to get herself out.
Responding officers utilized PC Sam McCullum and Police Service Dog (PSD) Hal to initiate a dog track in order to find the female. Auxiliary Officer Max Milan accompanied PC McCullum on the track.
PSD Hal was able to locate the female party who had now been immersed in the water for approximately 15 minutes. The water temperature was just above freezing and there were remnants of ice on the water. The outdoor temperature was at the freezing level or just below. The female party could barely keep her head above the water.
Aux. Milan jumped into the water and was able to support the female party.
PC McCullum then used the leash of his PSD and with the assistance of Aux. Constable Milan they were able to loop the leash under the arms of the female party and lift her out of the water. When she was removed she was suffering the effects of hypothermia.
Other officers were then were required to drive a cruiser through field in order to remove the female and transport her to the road where she was turned over to Peterborough Paramedics for treatment.
Without the quick work of yourself and PSD Hal, a good deal of time could have expired resulting in the death of the female party due to exposure or drowning. Although entering the water is a last resort, had PC McCullum not acted quickly, this incident may not have ended successfully.