Raymond Smillie, Hank Bartlett and Brandi Merchant reunites thirty years later.

Former OPP Cst. Raymond Smillie hug Brandi Merchant in Newburgh, Ontario on Oct. 16, 2012. Smilie save Brandi and her dad Hank during a hostage taking in Odessa 30 years ago. Lars Hagberg for the Toronto Star

L2R: Hank Bartlett hold Raymond Smillie’s hand in Newburgh, Ontario on Oct. 16, 2012. Smillie and his partner Bill Russell saved Hank and his daughter Brandi’s life during a hostage taking in Odessa, Ontario 30 years ago. Lars Hagberg for the Toronto Star

Former OPP Cst. Raymond Smillie reacts while speaking to Hank Bartlett in Newburgh, Ontario on Oct. 16, 2012. Smillie and his partner Bill Russell, saved Hank and his daughter’s life during a hostage taking in Odessa, Ontairo 30 years ago. Lars Hagberg for the Toronto Star

Brandi Merchant reacts while listing to former OPP Cst. Raymond Smillie at her father Hank’s house in Newburgh, Ontario on Oct. 16, 2012. Smillie and his partner Bill Russell, saved Brandi and her dad’s life during a hostage taking in Odessa, ONtario 30 years ago. Lars Hagberg for the Toronto Star

L2R: Raymond Smillie, Brandi Merchant, Hank Bartlett and Brandi’s 20 months old son King in Newburgh, Ontario on Oct. 16, 2012. Smillie and his partner Bill Russell, saved Hank and Brandi’s life during a hostage taking in Odessa, Ontario 30 years ago. Lars Hagberg for the Toronto Star

Story in the Toronto Star by Curtis Rush.

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5 Responses to Raymond Smillie, Hank Bartlett and Brandi Merchant reunites thirty years later.

  1. Brandi Merchant says:

    Thanks so much for coming out Lars! It was great to see Mr Smilie and awesome to have these memories 🙂 Great to meet you!

  2. Hank Bartlett says:

    Hello Lars, of course the situation has changed over the years and the pressure and emotions have settled, I must say it was a pleasure to see you work around us and our conversation and be so non-intrusive. I wish you much luck in your career. Thank you, Hank.

  3. Raymond Smillie says:

    Lars

    Thank you for for your patience and understanding. You are truly a gentle man and (gentleman)

    Raymond

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