The RCMP officer grabbed a red first aid kit from the trunk of her patrol vehicle and ran across the parking lot.
She stopped briefly to question a man about the report of a stabbing that had come through her radio just moments before.
He shook his head, and the officer carried on toward the shouts now coming from the southwest corner of Salish Park.
A knot of people were seated under the trees on a small hill behind the library.
In their midst a man was bleeding.
As the wail of sirens drew closer, the officer peeled back the wrapping of the sterile gauze and applied the bandage to the injured man’s wound.
The call had come in just before 5 p.m. on Monday afternoon, breaking the serenity of a warm afternoon in Salish Park. While a family relaxed on blankets nearby, and new ducklings paddled in the pond, a dispute amongst a group of individuals turned violent.
Additional police soon fanned out across the park, looking for witnesses and a potential suspect.
As police questioned the victim, who sat upright, paramedics arrived on scene.
The man was treated and transported to hospital with what police described as a non-life threatening injury.
Their investigation continues.