William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
ODE TO AND PRAYER FOR A CAREER CRIMINAL
Criminal Steve Reid did a lotta bad deeds
Robbed banks and stole lots a’ dough
Whilst out on the run, he raised up his gun
And tried to murder Bill Trudeau
Bank bandit Reid lived for Fortune and Greed
Till he wrote his book about crime
Regrets he had none, and robbery was fun
And there’s coloured T.V. doing time
He reloaded and shot but he missed the cop
Steve kidnapped an elderly couple
And for this he will pay, they’ll put him away
And this time there’ll be no rebuttal!
As Reid sits in the clink he’ll have time to think
That cops might have families too?
And how Bill Trudeau’s wife, she fears for his life
As he goes off to work dressed in blue
Steve’s made his own hell and he’s back in his cell
He has caused lots of trauma and tears
Reid caused lots of grief, this murderous thief
Now he’s doing hard time – all long years!
©Copyright 2004 by William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
Note: I wrote this poem for my friend and co-worker, Liz Trudeau, whose husband Bill is a Motorcycle Patrol Officer with the Victoria City Police Department.
God Bless all in your house Liz. Hey – sometimes I think we should a’ stayed in Old Chelsea! – eh?
Victoria Police Cpl. William Trudeau, a 21-year police veteran, has been honoured with a medal from the Canadian Bankers Association after he placed himself at extreme risk during the police chase that landed Stephen Reid back in jail.
During a high-speed chase that followed the robbery of the Cook Street Royal Bank last June, Trudeau, who was on a motorcycle, was shot at several times. He was ultimately injured when he crashed.
Still, Trudeau was able to assist in the capture of Reid and his getaway driver, Richard McCallum.
Reid, a member of the Stopwatch Gang that gained notoriety in the ‘70s for a number of robberies is now serving 18 years for that crime. McCallum is to be sentenced this month.
The award was presented Tuesday at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference at Saint John, N.B.