Copper cable theft could have deadly results

Cutting lines could mean cutting off 911 calls

On September 4, I was rushed to the Royal Columbian Hospital in urgent need of a life saving procedure.

This action came about at the culmination of a series of telephone calls between my wife and various family members. The end result was a call from one of our children to 911, putting the process of my receiving the medical care I required in motion.

Nine days later, following a successful procedure, I returned home to convalesce and begin the healing process. My wife and I had begun making phone calls to let friends and relatives know I was home and to thank them for their care and concern, when suddenly at around 8:30 p.m. the phone lines went dead.   Someone had cut a length of cable on Morris Valley Road, severing the telephone connections of several hundred homes for approximately 24 hours.

I realized very quickly that if this had happened a week earlier, the likelihood of my surviving my medical crisis would have been extremely slim. In essence the value of my life could have been reduced to the black market price of some copper cable. I realized also that among the many homes affected by the outage there are a large number of seniors which means that there are likely a significant number who have subscribed to the Life Line personal monitoring service. Obviously this would also have been severed rendering these individuals virtually helpless.

The following week, there was another cable cut alongside the road leading to Hemlock Valley Ski Resort.  While affecting fewer homes it posed a very real threat of a much different nature. This time the threat was to the physical welfare of the individuals cutting the cable as the cable cut was fiber optic and not copper.  Apparently if one looks at the end of a fiber optic cable it can severely damage the eye, even causing blindness and if one were to suffer a scratch while handling this cable, minute glass particles could be released into the blood stream, the result of which could prove fatal.

I would like to make this appeal to anyone who has done, or is considering stealing copper cable. Please consider the impact such action could have on the lives of your fellow citizens.  Not to mention the risk to your own personal well being, should you mistakenly cut the wrong type of cable and suffer an accident while doing so.

Gary & Laura Friesen

Just Posted

UPDATE: Fuel truck hits train in Port Coquitlam, causing massive fire

CP Rail reporting no injuries, driver of truck is safe.

UPDATE: Pioneer Ave filming to include snow effects, stunt driving and fire arms

Pioneer Avenue to be backdrop for scenes set in 1950s

UPDATE: Rockslide keeps Coquihalla northbound lane closed

Highway 5 is closed in one direction.

UPDATE: Brother of teen killed by stray bullet in Vancouver says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down while on his way home from dinner with his family

UPDATE: Wind warning ends for Metro Vancouver after thousands lose power

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

Week in Review – January 19

Movie filming, water upgrades and more

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Semi rollover on Highway 3

Highway 3 is reduced to single-alternating lanes

Most Read