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Radio Interview after Police Shooting

QR77 Radio Interview with Maryanne Pope


On January 19th, 2015, Maryanne Pope, CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Board Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, was interviewed on the Calgary, Alberta radio station QR77 several days after the shooting of RCMP Cst David Wynn of St Albert, Alberta.

Maryanne is the widow of a Calgary police officer, Cst John Petropoulos, who died in the line of duty on September 29th, 2000.

The following interview was recorded several hours after a press conference during which Cst Wynn’s wife, Shelly MacInnis-Wynn, and her sister, Dawn Sephton, spoke about the decision to remove Cst Wynn from life support.

In the interview, Maryanne shares her experience of saying goodbye to her husband, John, when he was in the ICU on life support 14 years ago. The interview conveys the importance of organ donation but is candid about just how difficult this decision is for the organ donor’s families. The interview also discusses the strength, commitment and support of the police community.

You can listen to the 13 minute audio clip of the radio interview here:


Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening and the upcoming book, Barrier Removed; A Tough Love Guide to Achieving Your Dreams. Maryanne also writes screenplays and play scripts, including the play, Saviour. She is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, please sign up here



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2 thoughts on “Radio Interview after Police Shooting”

  1. Thank you, Deborah…it was a difficult interview to give but an important one. I just wish the circumstances weren’t so tragic.
    Take care,

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