Fire Fighters recover weapon


Two firefighters from the marine rescue unit wade into the Thames River near
Adelaide and Ada streets to retrieve a suspected firearm Saturday.
(DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)

London police have confirmed the handgun firefighters pulled from the Thames River on the weekend Saturday was real.

Police received a report of a gun in the river at the Adelaide St. bridge just north of Ada St. shortly before 4 p.m., Saturday.

“We were sent to this location in retrieving what was a possible firearm,” Platoon Chief Mike Black said.

Four firefighters from the marine rescue unit climbed down the steep riverbank. Two firefighters wearing dry suits waded out into the middle of the river, where one retrieved the gun, as a crowd on onlookers watched overhead.

Sgt. Gary Bezaire met the firefighters at the bank of the river and put the weapon, described as a silver revolver that was rusty and inoperable, in a plastic evidence bag. Bezaire said the gun would be taken for testing.

“There are methods to determine whether it’s involved in any crime,” Bezaire said.

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via London Free Press