June 5, 2014 8:06 pm

Ripple effect of Moncton shooting felt in the Okanagan

KELOWNA — It’s on the other side of the country, but the ripple effect of Wednesday’s shooting in Moncton that left three officers dead, is being felt in the Okanagan.

“It’s so sad, it’s so very very sad, they didn’t have a chance,” says Kelowna psychologist Dr. Heather McEachern.

It hits close to home for Dr. McEachern. She’s been helping cops cope with tragedy for the past 20 years.

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The brutal killings, in her mind, will no doubt have an impact on Mounties in our region.

“Every call could be their Moncton,” says Dr. McEachern, “I expect this will cause a heightened sensitivity for some of my clients and may bring some new people through the doors.”

The concern has also trickled to the streets of Kelowna.

“It seems nobody’s safe anymore,” says a local resident, “it is really disturbing and unfortunate. I feel really bad for the families of the fallen and the wounded.”

But if there is to be some silver lining of this horrific tragedy, Dr. McEachern says, “what could rise from the ashes from this sad event could be the public showing some recognition to our first responders.”

She says a simple thank you, is all it takes.

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