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For Immediate Release                              Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
2010PSSG0069-001430
Nov. 18, 2010

          B.C.’S BEST IN BLUE TO BE HONOURED AT POLICE CEREMONY

VICTORIA – In a ceremony tonight heralding extraordinary police services by officers from
across the province, 58 police officers from RCMP and municipal police agencies will be joined
by Lieutenant Governor, Steven Point, and honoured at an annual ceremony at Government
House, said Solicitor General, Rich Coleman.

         “Tonight we have the opportunity to honour those who stand up and stand out because of
their leadership and bravery, for having raised the benchmark of extraordinary police services in
British Columbia,” said Coleman. “These 58 individuals epitomize what makes the uniform they
wear and the badges they carry enduring symbols of public safety.”

        Twenty-two officers will receive B.C.’s highest award for their acts of exceptional valour
for knowingly risking their lives to protect others. Along with the traditional gold pin for valour,
recipients will also be presented with a medal of valorous service. An additional 36 officers will
receive a silver pin and medal of meritorious service to recognize their exemplary performance,
acting in a manner significantly beyond the standards normally expected.

        “Every day, police officers across British Columbia are challenged in the line of duty.
Whether our officers are facing a situation of extreme danger, human trauma, high emotion or
tragedy, they remain committed to the values of an honourable profession,” said Deputy-Chief
Constable Clayton Pecknold, president of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police. “Our officers
are driven by the opportunity to serve and protect others. Tonight’s honourees exemplify what is
expected of a police officer and what every officer strives to achieve.”

       The Police Honours Banquet has been held since 1981. The honourees are selected by a
committee comprised of representatives from the BC Association of Chiefs of Police and the
Policing and Community Safety Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
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A backgrounder containing a list of award recipients follows.

Media Contact:       Public Affairs Bureau
                     Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
                     250 356-6961

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using
RSS, visit the Province’s website at www.gov.bc.ca.


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                                BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release                            Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
2010PSSG0069-001430
Nov. 18, 2010

                   POLICE HONOURS NIGHT AWARD RECIPIENTS

The following honourees were selected by a committee comprised of representatives from the
BC Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s
Police Services Division.

Note: The names of some officers receiving awards could not be disclosed.

                                  AWARDS OF VALOUR

Delta Police Department:
Constable Kevin Dueck – Confronted two armed and masked males as they were about to enter
a 7-Eleven convenience store.

Constable Maurice Parry – While off duty, helped to rescue a male trapped in a burning vehicle.

Saanich Police Department:
Constable Ryan Austin, Constable Mike Millard, Constable Craig Waite (Shawnigan Lake
Detachment), Constable Justin Whittaker – Rescued a male trapped in a burning vehicle.

Vancouver Police Department:
Inspector Tim Laider, Sergeant Toby Hinton – Posed as senior citizens during an undercover
operation that targeted individuals who had committed a number of violent attacks on seniors.

Sergeant Randy Bell – Stopped an armed suspect involved in a shooting incident.

Sergeant Aaron Kazuta, Sergeant Kris Wrathall – Displayed outstanding judgment during the
response to a call of an active shooter.

Victoria Police Department:
Constable Sandi Joanne Begg – Saved her sister from drowning in Bilston Creek.

West Vancouver Police Department:
Constable James Hudson – Rescued a drowning male from Capilano River.

Comox Valley Detachment:
Constable Franck Chardey, Constable Kelly Godard, Constable Nicole Hall – Rescued a
distressed diver from the ocean off Comox.

Comox Valley Detachment:
Constable Don Sinclair – Rescued a female from a submerged vehicle in the ocean off Comox.


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Elk Valley Detachment:
Constable Ian Patchett – Rescued a male trapped by the current in Elk River.

Surrey Detachment:
Staff Sergeant David Eidet, Constable John Hanson – Confronted an armed male holding
residents of a house at gunpoint.

Williams Lake Detachment:
Corporal Mike Hacker, Constable Dustin Meikle – Rescued occupants from a burning trailer.


                         AWARDS OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE

Abbotsford Police Department:
Constable Renae Hansen, Constable Jefferey Morgan, Constable Lisa Schonfelder –
Prevented a driver from drowning while trapped upside down in a water-filled ditch.

Delta Police Department:
Name Withheld – Prevented a driver from drowning while trapped upside down in a water-
filled ditch.

Delta Police Department and New Westminster Police Service:
Constable Brittney Dawson, Constable George Charpentier – Attempted to resuscitate an
unconscious male they pulled from a burning vehicle.

Vancouver Police Department:
Inspector Mike Porteous, Sergeant Dale Weidman, Detective Constable Lisa Byrne –
Successfully concluded a lengthy investigation of known gang members – Project Rebellion.

Constable Rajprit Mander – Reached out and mentored youth through Police Athletic League
programs.

Constable Christiane Prevost – Identified a trend of attacks on senior citizens and assisted with
the resulting undercover operation.

Constable Roger Rai – Identified and promoted the need for a culturally based community
policing office to serve Vancouver’s Indo-Canadian community.

Constable Andrew Ramage – Negotiated the successful surrender of an active shooter.

Constable Heidi Schoenberger – Identified the need for and developed crisis intervention
training for first responders.

Detective Constable Torsten Schroder – Developed a successful asset forfeiture program.




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Victoria Police Department:
Constable Cory Moore – Prevented a suicidal female youth from jumping off a rooftop.

Constable Deborah Wyatt – Rescued victims of a boating accident in the Selkirk Waterway.

Central Okanagan Traffic Services:
Constable Chad Lucash – Outstanding contribution to the goals of policing and leadership in
impaired driving enforcement.

Burnaby Detachment:
Sergeant Paul Reshaur, Corporal Justin Abels, Constable Kelly McQuade, Name Withheld
X2 – Saved the life of a male trapped in a burning vehicle.

“E” Division Major Crime Section, Integrated Sexual Predator Observation Team:
Staff Sergeant (Retired) Scot Filer, Constable Laura Malo, Corporal Mark Pelz,
Constable Kathleen Thain, Constable Jennifer Freeman, Detective Constable Peter Gill, ,
Constable Hernan Topacio, Name Withheld – Successfully located a missing 11-year-old
girl and her abductor.

North District Traffic Services – Terrace:
Corporal David Domoney, Corporal Chris Romanchych – Exemplary achievement and
dedication to the Collision Reconstructionist Program.

100 Mile House Detachment:
Constable Jeffrey Ferguson, Constable Russell Mante – Saved a suicidal woman who had
overdosed on prescription medication.

Ridge Meadows Detachment:
Corporal Dave Ewert – Prevented an armed and suicidal male from taking his life.

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Media Contact:      Public Affairs Bureau
                    Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
                    250 356-6961

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using
RSS, visit the Province’s website at www.gov.bc.ca.

				
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