Good samaritan helps find grandchildren
An Alexandria man was terrified recently when his two young granddaughters, Airanne and Syrena, went missing for close to an hour.
But with a huge helping hand from his neighbours and other members of the community, the story had a happy ending.
“We were getting ready to go out camping ( in late August) at Upper Canada Campground (in Morrisburg)... getting packed up and whatever, and the two little ones were out in the camper, in the backyard, playing,” East Boundary Road resident George Bissonnette told
The News last week. “Then we went to check on them, and they were gone... We called them, and looked around and they weren’t anywhere.”
As Mr. Bissonnette, his wife, and the girls’ mother, Ashley, continued their search to no avail, their collective fear grew.
“We called the police because we thought somebody might have picked them up,” said Mr. Bissonnette.
“The girls... they’re only three and four, and they’d never, ever gone anywhere near the road before, but we thought maybe they’d gone across the road into the bush, but they weren’t there either.”
While the family and their neighbours combed the adjacent fields and nearby properties in search of the missing children, a local resident stopped by with some reassuring news.
Claude Paquette told Mr. Bissonnette that he and his wife, Tina, had spotted the girls walking, alone, on Lochiel Street.
“He saw them and he must have thought that something wasn’t right, so he dropped his wife off to stay with them and came back this way,” said Mr. Bissonnette.
“Then he saw me outside, stopped and asked, ‘Are you missing two little girls?’ and I said, ‘Yes,’ and he told me that they’d found them.”
Upon the girls’ arrival home, the family learned more about their disappearance.
“They said they were going shopping for ice cream (at Dairy Queen),” Mr. Bissonnette explained.
“I guess they went across my neighbour’s yard, up through another guy’s yard, and then out onto the street. I think they got lost and scared and instead of trying to go back, they just kept going up the street.”
Mr. Bissonnette is grateful for the assistance he received from everyone who helped bring his granddaughters home safe and sound.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to the Paquettes because they found the girls,” he said.
“I don’t know all of the other people’s names, but I’d like to thank everyone else who helped out too... It was really quite the ordeal.”