Prisoner injured in van crash lauds sheriff's actions
Mark Langille is upset Natalie Doucet's contract was not renewed by Sheriff Services
One of the detainees injured in the crash of a sheriff's van last year is upset that one of the officers who attended to his injuries is no longer employed by the province.
Sheriff's officer Natalie Doucet was crouched in the cage with him trying to calm him and stop his bleeding.
"She just kept saying "Stay with us. Stay with us. We're going to get you out of here," recalls Langille.
"Even when she was tending to me I could tell that she wasn't that good either. Like she was hurting."
Langille had a broken pelvis, broken ribs and blood pouring from wounds to his head. He said Doucet stayed with him, even climbing into the ambulance to assist a paramedic caring for him on the way to hospital.
"She never left me. She never left my side, she stayed right there. She knew I was, at the scene, the most badly injured."
Langille was upset to learn Doucet is no longer a sheriff's officer. Her work contract was not renewed this summer.
Doucet says she never received a letter of commendation written for her by superiors in Sheriff Services.
"I just felt so bad," said Langille. "I can't understand how. I don't understand why. That lady, she did everything."
Two of the prisoners who were in the van with Langille are now suing the province. Langille is not part of that lawsuit.
In the legislature Friday Justice Minister Troy Lifford was asked about Doucet's case. He said he cannot comment on individual personel issues.