One night in late December 2017, Ms. Deborah Mah was working in customer service at the Stony Plain London Drugs when she heard a disturbance in the store.
A man in a drug-induced psychosis entered the store and claimed that unknown persons were trying to harm him.
When Ms. Mah approached, the man grabbed her to use as a barrier between him and his imaginary attackers. He held her hostage with a cord around her neck and a pair of scissors, preventing her from fleeing.
Several employees and customers tried to calm the man and negotiate for Ms. Mah’s release, while others called 911.
As the man became increasingly agitated and threatening, one of the shoppers Mr. Stephen Lount, picked up a snow shovel from a nearby rack just in case he needed to intervene.
Unexpectedly, the delirious man began stabbing Ms. Mah in the back, neck and face in a violent rage.
Mr. Lount immediately struck the man with the shovel, which created an opportunity for Ms. Mah to escape, while fellow shopper Mr. Aaron Breitkreutz grabbed the man.
Joined by other shoppers Mr. Curtis Pyck and Mr. Trevor Nathan, the four men wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him of the scissors, and held him until police arrived.
Undoubtedly, they saved Ms. Mah from suffering more severe injuries or even death.
For their quick thinking and selfless actions in a deadly situation, these citizens were nominated by West Division Staff Sergeant Trevor Bohachyk.
Congratulations Stephen Lount, Aaron Breitkreutz, Curtis Pyck, and Trevor Nathan.