Good sa­mar­i­tan helps find grand­chil­dren

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.”

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