Two citizens were presented with the Durham Regional Police Service’s Citizen Award for their quick action and assistance to police at headquarters April 21.
Chief Mike Ewles and Deputy Chief Sherry Whiteway presented the awards to the recipients who could not attend the previous ceremony in February.
Brenda Murdoch assisted police in the arrest of a bank robbery suspect. She observed a male acting suspiciously near her home, which is located near the bank. Brenda contacted the police and provided them with information which proved vital in the ensuing investigation.
Also recognized was Hafeez Mahamad. He was in the Sam’s Club parking lot when a female driver lost control and rolled her vehicle. The female’s arm was thrown out of the open window and pinned between the vehicle and the pavement. Hafeez, along with 10 other citizens, helped lift the vehicle off of the victim’s arm and held it there while awaiting emergency services. The female was eventually freed using the Jaws of Life and transported to the hospital. She suffered only minor injuries to her arm thanks to the actions of these citizens.
“I personally want to thank both of you for your contribution to the community,” said Chief Ewles. “You stepped forward to help, not to receive recognition, but because it was the right thing to do.”
Each year, Durham Regional Police members nominate citizens from the community for their assistance. Congratulations to Brenda and Hafeez!
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Chief Ewles and Hafeez Mahamad (JPG file, 282.5K bytes)