Huronia West OPP goes above and beyond for local resident

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Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have recently collected $174.00 for a Wasaga Beach resident who had fallen on tough times.

Wasaga Beach resident Pauline Purkis was collecting empty beer cans and stored them in the bed of her pick-up truck. Recently, her pick-up truck was stolen. Inside the truck was 2200 empty beer cans which she had carefully collected throughout the year to cash in so that she and her husband could afford to buy Christmas gifts for their grandchildren. 

When members of the Huronia West OPP got word of this, the detachment decided to take up a collection, unbeknownst to Ms. Purkis. As a result of the generosity of the members, a total of $174.00 was raised. Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bifolchi, and Huronia West members Staff Sergeant Derek Banks and Interim Detachment Commander Acting Inspector Terry Ward presented Ms. Purkis with the collection earlier this week.

"It's times like this, especially given the current pandemic climate, that we all need to be there for one another and support one another. I am proud of the thoughtfulness and initiative of the hard-working men and women from our Detachment who collected for Ms. Purkis in a time of need," said Acting Inspector Terry Ward, Interim Detachment Commander, Huronia West Detachment.