Members of the Durham Regional Police were singled out Oct. 20 for their heroism, quick thinking and bravery at the prestigious 9th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN).
The theme this year was "A Community Calling" and organizing co-chairs Moe Pringle and Blair McArthur thanked every member of the police service for answering the call, each and every day.
This year, awards were presented to:
* Sergeant John Keating for his outstanding dedication as the Senior Support Coordinator in our Vulnerable Persons Unit. Sgt. Keating has gone above and beyond to help educate and protect seniors in our community.
* Constable Jonathan Prins and Communicators Dave Bezzant, Shellie Taylor and Marci Galley for locating a missing, suicidal female. Their teamwork and quick actions saved her life that night.
* Constable Paul Manning and Detective Constable Wes King for putting themselves in harm’s way when attempting to stop a vehicle travelling the wrong way on Highway 115. Initially, believing it was an impaired driver; officers soon discovered the driver was suffering from a medical episode. Amazingly, no one was injured or worse, killed in a collision.
Inspector Charlie Green and Constables Janine Henderson and Stefanie Puckrin were also recognized for their dedication and commitment to community initiatives.
One highlight of the night was a speech from nine-year-old Owen Lawrie from St. Paul’s Catholic School in Whitby, our Police Chief for a Day, who impressed the crowd with his quick wit and his vast knowledge of policing.
Another moving moment during the evening was a video highlighting the DRP members who have served on international peacekeeping missions. The video captured what their experiences have meant to them and why they answered the global call to serve overseas. It was clear from their message that those experiences had an impact on them that will stay with them forever.
Congratulations and thank you to all the recipients for answering the call!
award thumb (JPG file, 31.1K bytes)
Chief for a Day Owen Lawrie gets some help from Ken Shaw prior to his speech (JPG file, 127.0K bytes)
Sgt. Keating with Chief Owen, Chief Ewles and PADAN member Bob Pinkney (JPG file, 130.1K bytes)
Cst. Prins, Marci Galley, Dave Bezzant, Chief Owen, Shellie Taylor, Chief Ewles and PADAN member Bonnie Fraser (JPG file, 159.0K bytes)
Chief Ewles, D/Cst. King, Chief Owen, Cst. Manning and PADAN member Stewart Bennett (JPG file, 147.1K bytes)