Côte Saint-Luc Public Security constable receives commendation

Côte Saint-Luc, January 15, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has given a commendation to Public Security Constable Antonio Labattaglia for his actions last December, which stopped an SUV from rolling over a resident.
The commendation ceremony was held at the start of the City Council meeting on January 15, 2007.
Constable Labattaglia responded to a call for a traffic accident near the intersection of Cavendish Blvd. and Mackle Rd. on December 19, 2006. He saw that a street lamp had been knocked down as a result of the car accident. He immediately blocked southbound traffic.
While Constable Labattaglia was assessing the area, he noticed an SUV had driven to the scene. The SUV driver rushed to exit her vehicle to attend to her son (who was one of the victims of the car accident). In her rush to exit, she left her SUV in ‘Reverse', exited the car and fell to ground when the driver-side door struck her. She was on the ground, and partly under the SUV, which was still slowly rolling in reverse.
Constable Labattaglia ran over to the SUV, jumped in, stopped it, and freed the woman from under the SUV – just before it was about to roll over her.
"Quick thinking and quick action by Constable Labattaglia helped avoid potentially serious injuries to one of our residents," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "I am extremely proud to give him a commendation for his efforts."
The Public Security Department patrols Côte Saint-Luc 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Its main role is to assist the Montreal Police Department in spotting illegal or dangerous activities in Côte Saint-Luc and to enforce municipal bylaws, such as parking violations. Public Security constables are fully-trained in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators. They do not carry firearms. There are 10 active constables, a dispatcher, and a lieutenant, who heads the department.
“Constable Labattaglia acted promptly to assist someone who needed help,” said Lieutenant Anthony Tsakon. “He did what I would expect any of our constables to do. It's our job to help.”


For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

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