CPS Officer Inspires New Thriller

Published by Stephanie MacRae

Published on 2019-10-30



CPS Officer Inspires New Thriller

Cornwall, ON – A Cornwall Police Service (CPS) officer has recently been recognized as the inspiration for a medical crime novel written by local emergency physician, Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes.

The novel, “Graveyard Shift,” was inspired by an incident that occurred in May of 2017, where CPS Sergeant, Scott Coulter, had located a man trespassing in a restricted area of the hospital who was found in possession of stolen medication and narcotics.

“The security guards tipped off Sergeant Coulter, who was able to apprehend the suspect red-handed,” said Dr. Yuan-Innes, who had just began her shift. “But if he hadn’t caught the suspect and confiscated those potentially lethal medications, I immediately pictured the resulting overdoses, respiratory arrests, and the chaos in the emergency department and on the streets.”

Sergeant Coulter, who is nearing his 25th year in policing, felt that he was simply in the right place at the right time.

“It’s not uncommon for myself and other officers to visit the hospital during a night shift to check on and ensure the safety of staff and patients,” he said. “In this case, I was fortunate to already be on scene and able to prevent the medication from leaving the site and getting into the wrong hands.”

“I salute Sergeant Coulter and the security guards because they prevented the problem,” Dr. Yuan-Innes added. “I want to acknowledge the silent heroes and heroines.”

To reward those heroes and heroines, some of Graveyard Shift’s proceeds will benefit charity. Some of the profits will be dedicated to Dr. Elana Fric’s children’s scholarship, as well as the Akwesasne Family Wellness Program. Dr. Yuan-Innes dedicated the thriller to Dr. Elana Fric, a leading Toronto family physician, who was murdered by her husband in 2016.

The book will officially debut on November 1st, 2019. Dr. Yuan-Innes will be signing copies at Coles in the Cornwall Square on November 9th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. She will also be attending the Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second Street West, for a book signing on November 12th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. with Sergeant Coulter.

For more information or to purchase a book, please visit: http://melissayuaninnes.com/

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