Blaine Grinder came to the aid of Bill Drebit to help stop a robbery in progress at the CIBC in Williams Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

EDITORIAL: Heroes among us

Two locals hailed as heroes for helping stop a robbery in progress at the CIBC in Williams Lake

On Tuesday, Nov. 28 two men stopped a robbery in progress at the CIBC in Williams Lake when they wrestled a suspect to the ground and held him there until police arrived.

When the Tribune interviewed them — Bill Drebit of Williams Lake and Blaine Grinder of Tl’etinqox— they both shrugged their efforts off, saying they did what they did because it was the right thing to do.

It actually took a bit of nudging to get them to be interviewed.

“It all happened so fast and there wasn’t much to tell,” they insisted.

Drebit’s story ran in last Friday’s paper and Grinder’s is in Wednesday’s.

When the stories were posted online they generated thousands of reads and dozens of appreciative comments from citizens who felt proud and grateful.

Drebit said he would have never been able to detain the suspect without the help from Grinder and Grinder said he saw Drebit act and jumped in to assist.

No doubt their actions inspired many to wonder what they would do in the same situation.

The incident came a week and a half after an armed robber made away with an undisclosed amount of cash at the very same bank.

There has been no word from mayor and council as to whether Drebit and Grinder will be recognized for their bravery officially.

We would suggest that if Santa is making a list and checking it twice, that there should be certificates of merit from the City of Williams Lake for them both.

Williams Lake Tribune

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