Trudeau meets with of­fi­cer hurt in Ed­mon­ton ter­ror at­tack

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by HANA MAE NASSAR AND THE CANA­DIAN PRESS ED­MON­TON (NEWS 1130) – Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is mark­ing his first visit to Al­berta since the Ed­mon­ton ter­ror at­tacks last month. In the prov­ince for a meet­ing of Canada’s health min­is­ters, Trudeau spent some time with one of the peo­ple hurt in the at­tacks –an Ed­mon­ton po­lice of­fi­cer. “It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­nity to sit down with Cst. Ch­ernyk, with Mike, to hear about his ex­pe­ri­ence, and mostly to be able to thank him,” Trudeau said to re­porters Satur­day. “On the morn­ing af­ter the at­tack I was, like so many Ca- na­di­ans, watch­ing on­line in dis­be­lief of the footage of him be­ing flung across the road and then vi­ciously at­tacked.” He says the whole or­deal is a tes­ta­ment to Ch­ernyk’s strength, as well as his train­ing. “And just the ex­cel­lence of first re­spon­ders right across this coun­try, that he was able to keep a cool head in the most chaotic and vi­o­lent of cir­cum­stances, and keep Cana­di­ans safe.” Ch­ernyk, who re­turned to work yes­ter­day, had been han­dling crowd con­trol at a Cana­dian Foot­ball League game at Com­mon­wealth Sta­dium when he was hit by a speed­ing car that rammed through a bar­rier and sent him fly­ing five me­tres through the air. The driver then got out, pulled out a large knife and be­gan stab­bing the 10year vet­eran, who fought back as he was ly­ing on the ground. 30-year-old Ab­du­lahi Hasan Sharif faces five counts of at­tempted mur­der, five counts of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and one weapons-re­lated charge. He is set to make an­other court ap­pear­ance next month.

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