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‘Killer old lady’ honoured

The late Mary Rose Baldwin, a 10-year Vernon Community Policing Society volunteer, and known as the “Killer Old Lady” of the RCMP Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy for her penchant for “popping” unsuspecting academy cadets, is being honoured by the society with a $2,600 donation to the Vernon School District. - jean pakenham photo
The late Mary Rose Baldwin, a 10-year Vernon Community Policing Society volunteer, and known as the “Killer Old Lady” of the RCMP Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy for her penchant for “popping” unsuspecting academy cadets, is being honoured by the society with a $2,600 donation to the Vernon School District.
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Vernon Community Policing Society is honouring its killer volunteer.

The late Mary Rose Baldwin, known as the “Killer Old Lady” of the RCMP Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy, will be remembered with a donation of $2,600 to the Vernon School District by the community policing society.

“Mary Rose was a powerhouse,” said Rachael Zubick of the community policing society in announcing the donation. “She was a 10-year volunteer at our office, a champion of the RCMP and a champion of law enforcement.”

Baldwin, who passed away Jan. 5 at the age of 87, earned the reputation as a killer old lady for “popping” unexpected cadets during the youth academy in Vernon.

She would often play the role of a suspected drunk driver, and the cadets were told during the scenario that “everything was not as it appears.”

In an interview with The Morning Star in October 2009, after her forced retirement as a community police office volunteer at age 85 due to insurance purposes, Baldwin took great delight in telling how she’d whack the cadets.

“One year, this kid was playing the part of an officer and I had a gun sitting beside me. I was supposed to be the drunk old lady. He came up to the car and I popped him,” said Baldwin, who “popped” 16 out of 19 cadets during her time at the academy, giving her the highest mortality rate among volunteers, earning her the moniker, “Killer Old Lady.”

“She proudly holds the honour of the highest kills at the youth academy,” said Zubick. “She would teach youth everything is not as it seems and expect the unexpected, especially a killer old granny who would take you out in a second.”

The money for the donation was raised through the community police society’s fall ball ($2,500) plus a $100 donation from a citizen.

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