Three DRPS officers were among 40 people honoured by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa.
The Decorations for Bravery presentation took place at Rideau Hall and DRPS Chief Paul Martin was in attendance to congratulate Detective Constables Paul Couvillon, Ed Downey and Keith Lindley. Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others.
On a cold, dark Saturday night in January 2013, officers were called to a residence in Clarington for a suicidal male. They arrived to find him high atop a swinging television antenna, 16 metres above the ground.
D/Constables Couvillon and Lindley climbed onto the rooftop to negotiate with the man, who said he was going to hang himself. The male was big and very strong a Mixed Martial Arts competitor who was distraught about his life.
Not only were the three men at a great height, the cold wind was making the antennae sway. When the man made his attempt to hang himself, the two officers scrambled up the tower, with D/Cst. Couvillon using his shoulders to support the mans weight as D/Cst. Lindley cut him loose. They secured the male and made the arduous journey down the antennae. Once on the rooftop and still at a dangerous height, the male became combative. A conducted energy weapon was deployed to prevent further injury.
D/Cst. Downey, a rappel instructor, had responded to the call as well and was the only person on scene who was qualified in rigging the Stokes Basket provided by the fire department to lower the male safely from the rooftop and onto the ground. Without his training and knowledge, this would not have been possible.
Working as team, these officers showed a great deal of strength and courage as they saved this mans life, all the while risking their own.
Congratulations to D/Constables Couvillon. Downey and Lindley on receiving this important honour.
Officers honoured (JPG file, 1,583.3K bytes)