My boss might have felt that Kevin Vickers wrote that letter because he thought I'd feel beholden to him, or the police, or that I'd cover their stories more favourably. I don't think so though. I think he wrote it because that's the kind of officer he is. He is humble. He's not one of those "tough, bad guy" cops. He's a negotiator with a kind, fatherly smile, and a seemingly genuine desire to help.
Melissa Friedman is a horse-lover and storyteller, as well as the manager of a tack shop in Truro, Nova Scotia. She was previously a journalist with CBC Radio in Bathurst and Moncton, New Brunswick.
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