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Father Kept From Dying Daughter Shares Story With RCMP Recruits

03/06/2013 10:11 EST | Updated 05/06/2013 05:12 EDT
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CALGARY -- A father who was blocked from holding his daughter in her last moments is sharing his painful story in hopes of preventing the same thing from happening again.

Last July, Lou Rosenfeld was cycling along a highway in southern Alberta with his 20-year-old daughter Rebecca when her front wheel clipped Lou's back wheel.

Rebecca lost control, veered into traffic, and was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

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Rosenfeld says that when RCMP officers arrived at the scene, they kept him from going to Rebecca, even threatening to handcuff him.

When the story went public, RCMP promised to review how the situation was handled.

As a result, Rosenfeld was invited to speak at the RCMP training facility in Regina, to help prepare new recruits with what they may face in the field.

"My intention was to try and do everything I can so this wouldn't happen to someone else,'' he explains. "My intent was to hopefully tell them my story and see if it would lead to a change in the way they treated victims.''

Rosenfeld also spoke with instructors who write curriculum for recruits, and hopes his experience helps them on future scene calls.

RCMP say while this was an unusual way for them to deal with a complaint, they felt it was important to learn from Rosenfeld's tragic experience.