Members of the Durham Regional Police were singled out Oct. 21 for their heroism, quick thinking and bravery at the prestigious 8th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN).
The theme this year was "Embracing Durham" and organizing co-chairs Moe Pringle and Blair McArthur thanked every member of the police service for making a difference in the community.
This year, awards were presented to:
* Constable Jay Shaddick and the Major Fraud Unit for working closely with the OPP in Project Kaiser, which busted a sophisticated ATM theft ring that was stealing millions of dollars from consumers and banks
* Constables James Ebdon and Teresa Ceranowicz for helping citizens pull a young boy out of the choppy waters of Lake Ontario, saving his life.
* Constable Phil Edgar for his uncanny ability to find stolen cars and stop suspicious vehicles. In seven traffic stops alone in 2010, he has seized over $530,000 in marihuana, $32,000 in drug-related cash and helped uncover over 200 fake credit cards and SIN cards.
* Constable David Palmer for showing tremendous restraint and a cool head after stopping a 12-year-old armed with a loaded handgun and making an arrest without injury.
* Constable Darin Vester for taking the time to befriend an 11-year-old school girl who confided in him she was being sexually assaulted. He worked closely with the girl and the Sexual Assault Unit and an arrest was made.
* Constable Robert Harding, first on scene in the Stanley Tippet investigation when a 12-year-old Peterborough girl was being assaulted behind Courtice Secondary School. His quick response drove the suspect away and he made sure the victim was rushed to hospital and received treatment for her injuries.
Congratulations and thank you to all the recipients for truly making a difference in our community!
One highlight of the night was a speech from 10-year-old Brittani Bourque of St. Bernadette Catholic School in Ajax, our Police Chief for a Day, who impressed the crowd with her quick wit and wonderful story-telling ability.
Another moving moment during the evening was several examples of police officers who go above and beyond their job descriptions and reach out to be active members of their community. Sergeant Nancy van Rooy, Constable Keith Richards, and Constable Corey Walsh were all recognized for their extra efforts.
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