Westmount benches honour young woman who died saving brother

Dec 19, 2015 | Articles

She was killed by the wheels of a snow removal truck after saving her brother from it

CBC News Posted: Dec 19, 2015 6:05 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 19, 2015 6:07 PM ET

Westmount city officials unveil the benches in honour of Jessica Holman-Price at the Westmount Public Library on Sherbrooke Street West. (CBC)

Westmount city officials unveil the benches in honour of Jessica Holman-Price at the Westmount Public Library on Sherbrooke Street West. (CBC)

Two new benches outside the Westmount Public Library now stand as a tribute to a sister whose courage cost her life.

Unveiled Friday, the benches are dedicated to Jessica Holman-Price, who died under the wheels of a snow-removal truck 10 years ago.

Jessica Holman-Price, 21, died in Montreal in 2005. (CBC)

Jessica Holman-Price, 21, died in Montreal in 2005. (CBC)

He was 10 years old.

“I got hit and as I went under, I guess she reached for me and she went under too. She pushed me out and, well, saved my life,” Peter Luc Holman-Price said at the unveiling ceremony for the benches.

One bench is dedicated to Jessica, and the other to Peter Luc. But it’s an honour that makes him uneasy.

“I feel like this spotlight’s slightly being shined on the wrong thing. At least for myself, I wasn’t really a hero. We were statistics. Something unfortunate happened to us,” he said.

Peter Luc Holman-Price was 10 when his older sister Jessica saved him from a snow removal truck. (CBC)

Peter Luc Holman-Price was 10 when his older sister Jessica saved him from a snow removal truck. (CBC)

For his mother, Jeannette Holman-Price, it was a chance to turn grief into celebration.

“It was lovely to be able to be here and not be crying. It was so nice to be able to be here and see what a difference my little girl made,” she said.

The bench in honour of Jessica Holman-Price has a dedication plaque. (CBC)

The bench in honour of Jessica Holman-Price has a dedication plaque. (CBC)

Jessica, 21 at the time, had saved her younger brother, Peter Luc, who was standing a snowbank when the truck hit him.

Jessica’s death sparked changes in Westmount snow removal operations. Now all the city’s heavy trucks are equipped with side rails.

Most of them also have a camera in the back to increase the driver’s visibility.

And Jeannette hopes that one day every city in the country will follow suit.

Westmount's heavy trucks have been equipped with side rails since Jessica Holman-Price's death 10 years ago. (CBC)

Westmount’s heavy trucks have been equipped with side rails since Jessica Holman-Price’s death 10 years ago. (CBC)

Source: CBC News

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