Members of the Durham Regional Police were singled out Oct. 18 for their heroism, quick thinking and bravery at the prestigious 10th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN).
This year we celebrated a "Decade of Excellence" and organizing co-chairs Moe Pringle and Blair McArthur thanked every member of the police service for making a difference in the community and for all of the corporate sponsors who have made this event possible. More than $800,000 has been raised over the past 10 years thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.
This year, awards were presented to:
* Inspector Dave Wilson who retired this year after 33 years of policing. He was presented with a Community Service Award for his outstanding dedication to various charities such as ProAction Cops & Kids and Special Olympics
* Constable Ellen McCracken who needed to use all of her training when involved in a physical confrontation with a much larger male suspect who had just robbed two victims at gun point.
* Constable Adam Handscomb for his quick response in reviving a baby who wasn’t breathing. The baby has made a full recovery and is at home with his twin brother.
* Internet Child Exploitation Unit members Detectives Michelle Hoard and Randy Norton and Detective Constables John Farrugia and Brian Vickers for their arrest of a male school teacher who had over 4,000 pornographic images of children on his computer.
* Constable Dave Lewis, Detective Constables Bryan Armstrong and Leigh Schutt and Pilot Greg Hulme for saving the life of an emotionally distraught woman who was lost in the Rouge Valley in -15 degree weather.
* Constables Ryan Gouldby and Michael Van Belleghem for not only saving the life of a suicidal male, but for keeping in touch with him throughout the past year to help him get his life back on track.
Congratulations and thank you to all the recipients for their dedication to policing and to the members of our community!
One highlight of the night was a speech from nine-year-old Kathleen Gale from John XXIII Catholic School in Oshawa, our Police Chief for a Day, who impressed the crowd with her quick wit and wonderful story-telling ability.
Another special moment was when a video played showcasing our former Chiefs for a Day. Our first Chief for a Day is now 20-years-old, attending university and would like to be a doctor. They were honoured guests at the dinner and they, along with Chief Kathleen, have their calendars marked for the 20th anniversary in 2022.
A big thank you to the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night committee for recognizing our members and for the contributions they have made for the past decade to the Durham Regional Police.
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Co-Chair Moe Pringle, Chief Ewles, Retired Inspector Wilson and Co-Chair Blair McArthur (JPG file, 583.5K bytes)
Co-Chair Moe Pringle, Chief Ewles, Chief Kathleen, Cst. McCracken and Co-Chair Blair McArthur (JPG file, 588.0K bytes)
Co-Chair Moe Pringle, Chief Kathleen, Cst. Handscomb, Chief Ewles and Co-Chair Blair McArthur (JPG file, 551.9K bytes)
Co-Chair Moe Pringle, Chief Ewles, Chief Kathleen, Cst. Lewis, D/Csts. Bryan Armstrong and Leigh Schutt and Co-Chair McArthur (JPG file, 450.9K bytes)
Co-Chair Moe Pringle, Chief Kathleen, Csts. Van Belleghem and Gouldby, Chief Ewles and Co-Chair McArthur (JPG file, 490.4K bytes)
Chief Kathleen presents her winning essay (JPG file, 418.8K bytes)
Chief Ewles and Chief Kathleen with our former Chiefs for Day (JPG file, 755.6K bytes)