Ottawa officers step in to help exhausted mom – by mowing her

ALSO IN THE NEWSGrateful skunk declines to spray police after rescueDND to lease parking lots to deal with Carling headquarters parking chaos, parkade planned for laterOttawa deputy police chief won’t be suspended amid sexual harassment complaint Ottawa police handout Ottawa police Const. Genevieve Bolduc To serve, protect … and mow?When a mom with a high-needs teen was having a truly trying day earlier this month, Ottawa police officers went beyond the call of duty to help, including mowing the woman’s lawn.Constables Genevieve Bolduc and Lisa Beaucage were dispatched Sept. 8 when the 18-year-old broke two windows of the family van in a west-end parking lot during an outing.Bolduc and Beaucage, who’d been called to help the family before, helped calm the young man, who has a disability, and spoke to his “clearly exhausted” mom.The officers cleaned up the glass and escorted mother and son home to make sure they were safe.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.As the officers pulled up to their home on a well-kept street, they could see that the lawn needed mowing. The mom explained that her mower had broken two months before but she’d been too busy to deal with it.While Beaucage, who “has experience in small engine repair,” figured out what part was needed to fix the machine, Bolduc borrowed a neighbour’s mower.Within 15 minutes, it was done.“It was a small gesture, but she felt like she was being supported,” Bolduc said. “She was crying when we first saw her and by the time we left, she was laughing.“I’m glad we could lighten her load.” read more