Survivor Of The Ultimate Sacrifice & Vice President of the CPFA
Episode Number 65: Turning Heartbreak into Education and Power
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 shot.
● The ways Shelly honors David’s spirit as she moves forward as best she can, including his beloved sense of humor and memorable laugh.
● The 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 need.
● Home 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.
● How Shelly worked on her anger so she could concentrate on moving forward.
● As time goes on we get stronger, and it’s up to us to listen and allow others to help us.
● We look at first responders as the superheroes they are, but we also must remember that they are human beings too and need support.
● “Now it’s time to find the new me because I will never be the same person that I was before this happened.”
● “This is my chance to discover what it is that I can do.”
● “We spent the whole summer together as a family, and it was the best.”
● “It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle.”
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