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Claim: A Canadian policeman was suspended after traveling to New York to help search for survivors of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Origins: Jamie Symington's experiences in recent weeks may have demonstrated the truth of the maxim that "no good deed goes unpunished."
Symington, a 35-year-old officer with the Halifax, Nova Scotia, regional police service, drove to New York with a retired police dog named Trakr on
One small problem: Symington, a 13-year veteran of the force, has been on medical leave since June with an elbow problem (and has also reported problems with job-related stress). He was spotted on television aiding rescue efforts in New York, and when he returned to Halifax, he was suspended from his position.
Last updated: 8 March 2008
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