At a special ceremony at Durham Regional Council Wednesday, DRPS honoured citizens who went "above and beyond" to help victims in need.
Chief Paul Martin, Durham Regional Police Services Board Chair and Regional Chair Roger Anderson, DRP senior officers and local mayors presented awards to 12 citizens who chose to take action, either by assisting those in need or helping to stop or solve a crime. In many cases, these citizens put their own safety at risk.
Officers nominate citizens to receive an award when they assist police in improving public safety in our community. The following citizens were recognized for their efforts:
Kristina Green and Jordan Deen: who witnessed the crash of an Ultra-Light aircraft near Hwy 12 and RR 47 on December 12, 2015. They provided First Aid to the injured pilot and helped move him to safety.
Steven Genore: A City of Oshawa Security Guard who observed a violent domestic assault on a female on April 4, 2015. He called 911 and followed the suspect on foot, providing updates to Communications, making a quick arrest possible.
Ross Smith: An off duty taxi driver who saw a van smashed into the bridge on Ritson Road South by the 401 on December 3, 2014. He tried desperately to free the unconscious driver as smoke and flames intensified. PC Blandford arrived and together they got the driver out. The two men pulled him to safety despite an imminent explosion and the driver's clothes being on fire.
Mike Lane: A distraught male walked behind the Tim Horton's counter on October 1, 2015 and began to assault staff. Citizen Mike Lane stepped in, gained control of the male and removed him from the area. The man broke free and went back, knocking a female employee to the ground. Again, Mr. Lane stepped in and wrestles him away as police arrive to take over.
Pedro Valadao, Ann Woodside and Richard Woodside: who saved a four-year-old child from drowning on July 12, 2015. The boy was discovered submerged in an Ajax backyard pool during a party. Several family members became hysterical, screaming for help and Ann took action. She got her husband Richard to jump into the pool and bring the boy up, and then neighbour Pedro began CPR. He successfully resuscitated the child and remained with him until emergency personnel arrived on scene.
The young boy and his family were at the ceremony and were reunited with Pedro, the gentleman who performed CPR and resuscitated the child. (Ann and Richard were not in attendance)
Marc Sammons: A 50-year-old man at a Pickering car dealership collapsed to the ground on July 25, 2015. A citizen at the scene, Marc Sammons, began CPR and stayed with it until Fire and Ambulance arrived on scene.
Garrett McGuire and Bryant Lyons: On September 16, 2015, a 22-year-old female walking home from work late at night was grabbed by an older male stranger who started shaking her violently. The suspect robbed the female of her phone and ripped her shirt. Good Samaritan Garrett McGuire heard the screams, did a U-turn in his truck and rushed toward the scene. The suspect took off. A second passerby, Bryant Lyon, witnessed the incident and pulled over to help. He knew the victim and drove her home to wait for police. The suspect was later arrested and charged.
The victim's mother was at the ceremony and personally thanked these two men for helping her daughter.
Ashraf Abd El Maseeh: Police responded to an unwanted person call on March 17, 2015 at the Police Credit Union in Pickering. The responding officer was met by an extremely intoxicated male who was belligerent and uncooperative. The subject resisted arrest, assaulting the officer as she wrestled him to the ground. A passerby, Ashraf Abd El Maseeh, came to her aid as she wrestled with the male. Together they were able to gain control of the violent male and the officer was able to handcuff him. (Ashraf was not in attendance)
DRPS would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to these citizens for their outstanding contributions to public safety. Congratulations to all of our recipients!
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