Citizens of Durham Region were recognized Oct. 31 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 and Regional Chair Roger Anderson, DRP senior officers and local mayors presented awards to 18 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:
Danielle King - Who realized the male holding up traffic in front of her had suffered a heart attack. Being a registered nurse, her training kicked in and she performed CPR until emergency workers arrived. The male has since made a full recovery.
Pamela Klinkenberg and Jonathan Smegal - Who located a suicidal male and managed to calm him down and prevent him from causing any harm to himself until police were able to arrive on scene.
Tina Naylor - Who found a case at her work, filled with money, credit cards, ID and an iPad and kept all of the items safe until police were able to locate the male, who was visiting from Guadeloupe.
Shawn Clohecy - Who observed a vehicle lose control, flip over and catch fire. He quickly pulled over and pulled the other driver from the burning vehicle.
Emma Bradbury and Kailee Demoe - Who chased down a male who had stolen a poppy donation box from a local store and kept him at the scene until police attended.
Paul Ertal and Alexander Good - Who assisted a DRP officer when she was in a fight with a much larger suspect who attempted to grab her firearm.
Daniela Kyriakou and Michael Gagne - Who quickly chased down a male suspect who had stolen an 89-year-old womans purse and were able to return it to the owner.
Michelle Mokedanz - Who used her CPR training as a member of Durham Medical Venturers to save a jogger who had suffered a heart attack.
Mike Shaw and Stewart Giles - Who saved a boater from drowning when he jumped into the water for a swim and couldnt get back to his boat.
Sean Holmes - Who intervened when he observed a male dragging a female towards the 401 with the intention of murder/suicide.
Matthew Santoro - Who launched his boat into the water immediately upon seeing two males jump from their burning vessel and pulling them to safety.
Cameron Wilson and Caitlin Daniel - Who immediately responded when they heard a shout for help coming from the lake and then paddle out in the darkness with nothing to follow but the shouts and pull a male to safety.
DRP would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to these citizens for their outstanding contributions. They should all feel proud of their accomplishments and that they had the courage to step up at a time of need to make a difference in their community.
Congratulations to all of the recipients!
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The Durham Regional Police's Local Heroes (JPG file, 366.0K bytes)
Danielle King with heart attack survivor Dale Flaxman (JPG file, 400.2K bytes)