Unknown shopper and cashier saved young boy’s life

Every Friday, we feature Comox Valley history taken from back issues of the Comox Valley Record.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

An unknown shopper and a cashier at London Drugs in Driftwood Mall were credited for saving the life of Ian Boxall, 12, who was shopping with his grandmother when he started choking on a mint.

Employee Emily Wood attempted the Heimlich manoeuvre, then the mystery man took over and released the mint.

“They saved his life,” Ian’s mother Jamie Boxall said.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A broken propeller affecting an engine was partially blamed for an August plane crash involving pilot Len Morrow, an investigator said. The propeller had been bent on the landing prior to the flight.

The twin-engine Piper Seneca crashed into a partially-logged area near Estevan Point on the West Coast of the Island. Morrow, 57, a longtime school trustee, miraculously survived the crash.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Burnaby fishermen Cory Coe and Dino Torretto were driving on Fifth Street on their way to one last early-morning trip when they spotted smoke at a two-storey apartment at Sixth and Kilpatrick.

“We got somebody to call 911, and screamed and yelled and got everybody out of there,” Coe said.

A vehicle in the carport had caught fire which spread through the top floor.

“These fishermen should be commended,” deputy fire chief Pete Hryko said.

Two tenants were injured when they jumped out of second-storey windows.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Damping the din at the Loft Cabaret earned a reprieve for the bar from Courtenay council.

The Loft came under fire when neighbours complained about music pulsating from the cabaret, and about squealing tires and late-night arguments in the parking lot. Threatened with court action and the possible loss of his licence, bar owner Tony Saunders was expected to tell council his side of the story. But $1.5 million worth of soundproofing and investigation by an alderman convinced council the bar had solved the problem.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

At least five candidates were in the running for the Comox Social Credit constituency nominations as a fall election seemed more apparent: Jack Collins, Pat Fraser, and Valley residents Delbert Doll, Stan Hagen, and Crispin Morris.

The Comox NDP constituency was also gearing up for a provincial election.

“We’re working on the basis it’s (election) going to be tomorrow,” constituency president Erik Eriksson said.

Long-serving NDP MLA Karen Sanford was set to again serve as the party candidate.


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