Oct 29, 2019
Shelly MacInnis-Wynn is a brave,
vulnerable, and inspiring woman and mother. She is also someone
that endured an unimaginable heartbreak when her husband, Const.
David Wynn of the RCMP, lost his life after being shot in the line
of duty after responding to a call. This week, Shelly speaks
publicly for the first time since David’s death about how she will
never be the same, and the impact this tragic event has had upon
her and her family. Shelly details that fateful night, and the
moments after, spent in David’s final days in the hospital. She
uses her voice and heartbreak to change practices and procedures
that hopefully will never have another family in her situation
suffer again. Shelly’s story is an example of strength and using
the past to make the future better.
What You’ll Hear In This Episode:
- Shelly walks us through that fateful night that
her husband, Const. David Wynn of the Alberta RCMP (Royal Canadian
Mounted Police), responded to a call and got
ways Shelly honors David’s spirit as she moves forward as best she
can, including his beloved sense of humor and memorable
heartbreaking moment of when she had to tell her children, a moment
that will haunt her forever.
- Shelly and David spent the previous summer
together, and she is so grateful that they got time with their
family. Life is precious, and Shelly urges us to realize this
before it is too late.
- Stories about the fellow RCMP officers that
supported Shelly during this time, and also the truthful ways that
they failed both her and David through the process.
- Shelly is changed forever, but she has the
perspective of it changing her for the better. She took what went
wrong in her situation and is taking action to prevent it from
happening to others, and families will get the support that they
is a safe space for Shelly and her children, and there is not a day
that doesn’t go by where they don’t lovingly remember or discuss a
memory of David.
Shelly worked on her anger so she could concentrate on moving
time goes on we get stronger, and it’s up to us to listen and allow
others to help us.
look at first responders as the superheroes they are, but we also
must remember that they are human beings too and need
it’s time to find the new me, because I will never be the same
person that I was before this happened.”
is my chance to discover what it is that I can do.”
spent the whole summer together as a family, and it was the
not a job, it’s a lifestyle.”
University of Alberta
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