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  DRP Officer on Peacekeeping Mission Safe

Jan 13, 2010 12:55 ET

A DRPS police officer currently stationed in Haiti on a UN peacekeeping mission has been located safe and sound.

Cst. Richard Fantinato has been located in Jacmel, a community located on the south shore of the country, about 40 kilometers southwest of Port-au-Prince.

The 47-year-old police officer, who is a 12-year veteran of the DRPS, has been stationed in Haiti several times as part of his commitment to international peacekeeping efforts. He began his current tour in July 2009. He was also there in 2006 and has served in similar peacekeeping capacities in Israel, Cyprus and Syria over his 23-year policing and military career.

In April 2009 he was recognized with an award from GlobalMedic for volunteering as part of their Rapid Response team in 2008, assisting flood victims in Haiti after multiple hurricanes touched down.

Two other DRP officers have also served in Haiti over the past few years in peacekeeping roles, but are no longer in the country.

We will be distributing donation boxes to all community division buildings to assist citizens interested in helping with national relief efforts regarding the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Below are attached files.
Fantinato thumb (JPG file, 32.1K bytes)
Cst. Fantinato (far right) outside the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince (JPG file, 203.5K bytes)