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.
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.
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