Members of the Durham Regional Police were singled out Oct. 19th for their heroism, quick thinking and bravery at the prestigious 4th Annual Police Appreciation Night.
Organizing co-chairs Moe Pringle and Blair McArthur thanked every member of the police service, calling it "one of the finest municipal police services in Ontario."
This year, awards were presented to:
* A Platoon – Communications/911 Unit for the professionalism, seamless teamwork and commitment to community safety that they demonstrate every day
* PC Rick Flynn whose daily performance reflects the ideals of his professional calling.
* SGT Gil Hughes, completely undeterred by the risk involved, saved a 57-year-old male by dragging him away from his truck, which was fully engulfed in flames.
* DET Teresa Hutchinson for successfully removing two very active and potentially dangerous offenders from the streets.
* PC Todd Petzold for his innovative solution to have imitation firearms prohibited by anyone under the age of 18 unless on private property in the Township of Scugog.
* PC Michel Roy for his dedication to the success of the DRP Defensive Tactics Training Section. He prepares every officer for whatever challenges lie ahead.
* DET David Brown who was lead investigator for Project Tandem which resulted in the arrest of numerous members of Hell’s Angels and to the seizure of millions of dollars in drugs and assets.
Congratulations and thank you to all the recipients for your dedication and hard work.
Two highlights of the night were a speech from 10-year-old Courtney Chiasson, our Police Chief for a Day, as well as the table dedicated to the Special Olympic Athletes. Both received standing ovations.
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