Citizens of Durham Region were recognized May 12 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 12 citizens who chose to take action to assist others, putting their own safety at risk. The ceremony was held in the Council Chamber at Regional Headquarters in Whitby.
Officers nominate citizens to receive an award when they assist police in improving public safety in our community.
Recognized for their efforts this year were:
• Errol Minto of Oshawa, a cab driver who contacted police when a male asked him to drive him to a gas station so he could purchase gas to light himself on fire. Errol followed the male after dropping him off to ensure police would intervene. Police found the male with a can of gas and a lighter.
• Dale Walker, a bus driver from Oshawa who called police on a suspicious male parked in front of a school who was making shooting gestures at children. Dale followed the male until police intervened, disregarding his own safety to ensure the safety of the students.
• Rebekah McIntee of Clarington, who performed CPR on a woman who had collapsed on a sidewalk. The woman was not breathing nor did she have a pulse. Thanks to Rebekah’s quick actions, the woman regained consciousness once police arrived and survived.
• Paul and Reno Fernley of Whitby who witnessed a male collapse in a store and promptly delivered DRP to the male until EMS workers arrived. They kept oxygen and blood flowing to the male’s brain while he was unconscious, which allowed EMS workers to revive the male using their professional equipment.
• Moe Pringle of Whitby who attempted to saved a male from drowning in his neighbour’s pool.
• Harry de Waard of Whitby who saved an elderly woman and young boy from a burning building by carrying them out to safety, risking his own life in the process.
• Shawn Reid of Ajax who gave an undercover DRP officer on a foot pursuit with a wanted criminal a ride in his car, leading to the arrest of the criminal.
• Michael King of Pickering who witnessed a male attempting to steal a car at a gas station. Michael stopped the man and held him on the ground until police arrived and arrested him.
• Cst. Nadine Hyatt, an off-duty York Regional Police Officer who lives in Ajax. Cst. Hyatt risked her life to save an elderly neighbour from a house fire.
• Trent Boughner of Ajax who, after witnessing two teens assault and rob a nine-year-old boy, called police and followed the suspects until police arrived and arrested them.
“Thanks to these citizens for their outstanding contributions,” said Insp. Paul Martin. “They should feel very proud of their accomplishments and that they had the courage to step up at a time of need to make a difference in the lives of others.”
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The recognized citizens with their awards (JPG file, 350.2K bytes)
Dale Walker with Chair Anderson, Sgt. Lorelle Luciuk and Chief Ewles (JPG file, 499.2K bytes)
Rebekah McIntee receives her award (JPG file, 394.7K bytes)