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Cote Saint-Luc’s finest volunteers in orange, the Citizens on Patrol, were recently featured in La Presse newspaper. Photo-journalist Martin Chamberland joined the team for a ride-along and documented his experience in the superb display on La Presse Plus, viewable on Ipad and Android tablets.

For those without an iPad here is the video as well as the photo display.

The reporter tagged along on shift with the very friendly Volunteer Supervisors: Susie Schwartz and Lewis Cohen. Both have been volunteering since the inception of this service more than nine years ago. They pass by the vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade in action as Felice Stober does a free inspection in someone’s home.

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson responds to a vCOP call to inspect a potential hazard at the Westminster underpass.

vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade goes door to door inspecting mandatory smoke detectors and will go so far as to install a new one (Photo: Martin Chamberland, La Presse)

vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade goes door to door inspecting mandatory smoke detectors and will go so far as to install a new one (Photo: Martin Chamberland, La Presse)

Later, on night shift, the reporter hops on board with Supervisor Mitchell Herf and me. I give him a full run down on all the services and activity offered by our vCOP patrollers as we inspect the CP Rail gate at the level crossing beside the Cavendish underpass, stop by the baseball diamond at Trudeau Park and happen upon a fire call on Bailey Road.

There are over 80 volunteers who are active in this unique volunteer corps, the only one of its kind in Quebec. If you are interested in joining vCOP please visit CoteSaintLuc.org/vCOP.

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