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It should have been a quick errand.   On April 21st, a woman pulled over to make a stop to the bank machine in Lethbridge, Alberta.  After she was finished, she headed back to her vehicle.  When she got there she was grabbed from behind by a man who had hidden in her van while she was at the machine.

She tried to escape, and in doing so got the attention of a group of men, one of whom was CUPE National Representative Jack Simpson.  Jack, along with two other men, stopped the robbery and possible car jacking or even abduction (the would-be thief had a knife and duct tape with him at the time).  They also kept the robber at the scene until the police arrived.  Jack actually leaned into the van and grabbed the man’s hand to prevent him from starting the vehicle and driving away.

“We all like to think we’d be as brave as Brother Jack, when faced with such a dangerous situation,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist.  “We are proud of Jack’s quick and selfless action, which may have saved someone’s life.” 

Last week, during a police commission meeting, the Lethbridge Chief of Police presented Jack and the other two men with an award recognizing their contribution.