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Canada Police officer turns tour guide for out-of-gas visitors

20:25  18 october  2019
20:25  18 october  2019 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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a group of people posing for the camera: Const. Andrea Cohen, centre, with two tourists who ran out of gas last month.© Police handout Const. Andrea Cohen, centre, with two tourists who ran out of gas last month.

A couple of tourists are thanking an Ottawa constable for providing their sons with an unplanned tour of Ottawa’s east end inside a police cruiser.

Police said in a release that Const. Andrea Cohen, a 17-year veteran of the force, was between calls on Sept. 21, when she spotted a disabled car on the side of Mann Avenue.

“Two women were outside of the car and they looked lost, so I stopped to see if I could help,” Cohen is quoted as saying.

The women — one from Amsterdam, the other from Toronto — were visiting their two adult sons in Ottawa when they ran out of gas. The sons had walked off in search of a gas station.

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“I knew they had a fair distance to walk, so I offered to go after them in my cruiser and drive them the rest of the way,” Cohen said.

It was a good thing she did. The station they went to didn’t sell jerry cans and the next closest gas station was in Vanier. Cohen drove the travellers there and back to the car so they could get back on their way to Toronto.

A week later, Cohen received a Facebook message from the grateful visitor, who mentioned she didn’t think police in her city would have stopped in a similar situation.

“You are a caring professional who made us feel safe. Much respect and love to you, Officer Cohen,” said “Leticia” in her message.

Leticia told Cohen the officer could count on her as a tour guide if Cohen ever found herself in Amsterdam.

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