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Thank you, from an autism-mom!

I feel that a huge thank-you (!!!) is warranted to all the staff at the Sawmill in Fort Saskatchewan AND the police who was involved in a crisis situation with my autistic son last evening! (My son is non verbal, age 10).

Last night my Community Support Worker (who was providing respite care for the night), had taken my son out for supper to the Sawmill in Fort Saskatchewan. Very unfortunately, she had a medical episode, that resulted in a very unexpected collapse. She wasn’t quite coherent after she had “come about,” and was not able to provide my son’s information, not his name, not even mine. (Not in a coherent way, anyways)

This incident happened at about 7:00PM, and I was only notified at 10:45PM, after receiving a very unexpected call from the police, asking if I was ******’ mother/guardian. I said yes, and of course initially felt mortified! They quickly and calmly informed me of the situation, and reassured me that my son was ok and safe. After a few more questions about how he had gotten there and how his state of mind was, I had learnt that the staff at the Sawmill were absolutely phenomenal and that they deserved a lot of credit on keeping him so well cared for- so thank you!!!! They occupied him and made sure he was tended to, with sensitivity and awareness of his condition. You are angels!!!

Soon after my worker was taken to the hospital, the police took also room my son to emerg. When I arrived to pick him up (11:30PM), he was so calm and surprisingly happy (I honestly had no idea what I would walk into)! The police were absolutely phenomenal as well, and I’m sure that their calm and collective manner highly contributed to my son’s ease! They were so professional and calm, and just seeing them there, instantly put me at ease. They had to put up with my son’s stimming for more than three hours.

It was such comfort to know that my son had been in such capable and wonderful hands.

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Thank you, all of you!!!

(From now on, I will be looking for a bracelet or some sort of identification to have on him {which I never thought would be necessary as he was never a flight-risk, but this is just an example of how anything can happen})!

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  1. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    wonderful post. I am glad your son is fine. I hope the worker who collapsed is recovering nicely.

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  2. Good on them. This is what shout out should be about. Hope your worker will be ok and thumbs up to Sawmill in the Fort and the police

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  3. Hope the respite worker is better too!

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  4. Mariela Jara Mariela Jara says:

    Rosita Conuecar!!

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  5. I was worried and watching updates. Great job to the staff at Fort Sask Sawmill and the RCMP on duty. This is what happens when people know how to respond in emergency situations. So glad he is safe with his family. Prayers towards the worker.

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  6. Kole Dupe Kole Dupe says:

    Where the hell were you when this was going on it’s an unusual time to not be home or have some kind of contact information on your son

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  7. God bless all who were there and took care of your child ❤️there are many caring people in this world, happy everything worked out

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  8. Medical alert has new bracelet for autism children free of charge.

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  9. Alison Richmond-Grozli

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  10. good news story of the day for me. Glad to hear your son is well and hope the respite worker is doing well also. Kudos to the Sawmill staff and FTSK police who handled the situation with professionalism, empathy and compassion for all.

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  11. So good to hear! Hope your worker is ok.

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  12. Crystal Moen Crystal Moen says:

    Someone should share this with Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House in Fort Saskatchewan

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  13. Crystal Moen Crystal Moen says:

    Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House I can’t find the Fort Saskatchewan location to.tag

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  14. Trish Colley Trish Colley says:

    I was the sever that night. But I feel you weren’t given the whole story of what happened that night. Please contact me if you wish.

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  15. Roy Langer Roy Langer says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing… Shout to those who stepped up.

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  16. I was at the Sawmill that evening with friends and family and we all were very impressed with the care and compassion the staff had for your respite worker as well as the outstanding care and support the gentleman waiter provided for your son. He kept him calm as well as sat and talked to him the whole time. A job well done by everyone involved.

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  17. You always hear the bad stuff. Thank you for sharing the good.

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  18. Kudos to everyone ❤

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  19. Carol Holmes Ronayne this is what happened

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  20. Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House

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  21. Perfect example of a job well done! Each person involved deserves a huge round of kudos! So glad everything turned out alright!

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  22. How is the community support worker? She ok too???
    Glad your son was happy and safe!
    I am so proud to hear what happened!

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  23. Frank Yurich Frank Yurich says:

    Atta Boy to all involved

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  24. Medic-Alert has paired with Edmonton Police Service and is providing bracelets for people with autism and others who may have trouble communicating.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/connect-protect-medicalert-edmonton-children-autism-1.4561314

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  25. Thank you for sharing a feel good story

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  26. please pm me, i’m selling customizable bracelets which would be perfect for your son

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