Members of the Durham Regional Police were singled out Oct. 25th for their heroism, quick thinking and bravery at the prestigious 5th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night.
Organizing co-chair Moe Pringle thanked every member of the police service, calling it "one of the finest municipal police services in Ontario."
The theme this year was DRPS Supports Our Troops. A table was dedicated to the members of the Canadian Forces and keynote speaker Lieutenant-General Walter J. Natynczyk thanked the DRPS members for their visible signs of support over the years. Attendees also had the opportunity to show support to all our troops, thanks to a live feed to Kandahar. The Canadian soldiers spoke to the crowd, detailing their daily routines and their mission in Afghanistan. They received a standing ovation from the room.
This year, policing awards were presented to:
* SGTs Jeff Galipeau, Paul Mooy and Warren Ellis along with PC Mark McConkey for the Courage to Come Back. Sgt. Galipeau was seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision while on duty and Sgts. Mooy, Ellis and PC McConkey were all shot in the Port Perry bank robbery. All four members returned to duty.
* PC Amanda Rabishaw whose determination helped locate a male who had attempted suicide.
* DET Jeff Caplan was recognized for his outstanding work with the Major Fraud unit resulting in numerous arrests and the seizure of a variety of fraudulent documents.
* PCs Chris Fox and Anthony Bowers for successfully removing a dangerous offender from the streets.
* INSP Steve Ross and PCs Janine Henderson, Shane Vandenberg and Dave Mounsteven for their teamwork and determination to apprehend an armed emotionally disturbed male deploying non-lethal options.
* PCs Dave Sedgewick and Bob Walker for their actions when confronted by an armed female who was threatening her mother and herself. The female had stabbed PC Sedgewick in the leg and she was still apprehended without serious injury.
* PC Chris Barkwell who was recognized for his efforts while responding to a call for a baby not breathing. EMS and hospital staff went out of their way to ensure DRPS was aware of his actions that day.
* PCs TJ McBride and Ian Jolicouer were recognized for their dedication and communication skills while investigating a sexual assault. The officers’ caring and understanding towards the victim encouraged her to come forward with all pertinent information. As a result, 293 charges were laid against one suspect.
Congratulations and thank you to all the recipients for your dedication and hard work.
Another highlight of the night was a speech from 10-year-old Matthew Kostuch, our Police Chief for a Day, who shared his thoughts on what life might be like as a police officer.
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