Citizens of Durham Region were recognized May 13 for their quick action and assistance to police at the Durham Regional Police Service's annual Citizen Awards.
Chief Constable Mike Ewles, Durham Regional Police Services Board Chair Terry Clayton, Regional Chair Roger Anderson and local mayors, presented awards to 10 citizens who chose to take action to assist others, putting their own safety at risk. The recipients are from various municipalities in Durham. The ceremony was held in the Council Chamber at Regional Headquarters in Whitby.
Among the recipients was Kevin Thomas, who assisted Cst. Dargie with the apprehension of a homicide suspect. If it wasn’t for Kevin’s quick actions, the male may been able to harm further victims.
Another recipient, Philip Meiliunas from Whitby, pulled five people out of a burning vehicle. Mr. Meiliunas risked his own safety to assist fellow citizens and was honoured for his bravery.
”Durham Region remains one of the safest places to live, work and play because we have citizens who get involved,” said Inspector Paul Martin. “We, as a police service, couldn’t operate without the assistance and support of concerned citizens like those being honoured here today.”
Each year, Durham Regional Police members nominate citizens from the community for their assistance. Congratulations to all recipients!
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