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Manitoulin OPP officer receives award

The Ontario Provincial Police Association hosted their annual awards earlier this week with a Manitoulin Island officer receiving recognition for her work with youth.

OPPA President Rob Stinson presented the various awards at the OPP North East Region Awards Ceremony held in North Bay.

Provincial Constable Marie Ford of the Manitoulin OPP Detachment was presented with the OPP Youth Foundation Award.

Ford oversaw several youth-geared programs over the last year including meeting with students, hosting safety programs and representing the detachment at school gatherings including Remembrance Day.

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Police Exemplary Service Medal

This medal is a national award which signifies the completion of 20 years of full-time service with one or more recognized Canadian Police Services. The medal represents years of dedicated service to the public.

PC Kevin Adams

PC Peter Beaudry

DC Bryan Bertoncello

PC Luigi Bruni

Sgt. Wayne Brunke

D/Sgt. Ryan Coughlin

S/Sgt. Carolle Dionne

S/Sgt. Ryan Dougan

DC Chris Dugas

PC Raymond Fortin

PC Christopher Furino

Sgt. Bill Gardiner

DC Yvan Godin

DC Alexis Gysel

Sgt. Andrew Hirst

PC Steven Johnson

Sgt. Derek Johnston

A/S/Sgt. Jeffrey Lawson

Sgt. John MacEwen

Sgt. Pierre Mantha

Insp. Michael Maville

S/Sgt. Jeremy McDonald

Sgt. Scott McKay

S/Sgt. William McMullen

PC Derry Mihell

D/Sgt. Christopher Miller

DC Brian Moore

S/Sgt. Carrie Morgan

PC Nicole Nicklasson

Sgt. Keith Nicolle

PC Sheldon Oram

Sgt. Frank Pittui

D/Sgt. Christopher Pritchard

PC Neil Pryor

Sgt. Major Brent Turner

Sgt. Gilles Trottier

Sgt. Shelley Van Erp

S/Sgt. Helena Wall

Police Exemplary Service Medal First Bar

Police officers are eligible for a bar for each subsequent ten-year period of full-time exemplary service. The First Bar signifies 30 years of dedicated Canadian Police Service.

Sgt. (Retired) Robert Forcier

PC (Retired) Denis Gatien

PC (Retired) Christine Gioia

PC (Retired) Daniel Proulx

Sgt. (Retired) Allan Kuzenko

PC Richard Savard

20 Year OPP Civilian Service

This pin is awarded to civilian members who have completed 20 years of service with the OPP.

 Celine Bourgeois

Karen Burns

David Despot

Denise Grondin-Chouinard

Janice Hamilton

Joelle Sneddon

30 Year OPP Civilian Service

This award is presented to civilian members who have completed 30 years of service with the OPP.

Christine Schultz

Ann Naveau (Retired)

Ronald MacInnis

40 Year OPP Civilian Service

This award is presented to civilian members who have completed 40 years of service with the OPP.

 Robin Bradt

OPP Youth Foundation Award

The OPP Youth Foundation recognizes members of the OPP who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to provide assistance and mentorship to youth.

 PC Marie Ford

Eric Nystedt Memorial Fitness Award

This award recognized members who have shown themselves to be ambassadors in the areas of health, wellness, fitness and sport.

 PC Simon Gauthier

Commissioner’s Commendation

These awards are given to OPP members and citizens who have shown outstanding achievements through assisting the OPP, exemplary performance of duty, outstanding investigations, community service, or selfless actions.

 Robert Mathia – Assist OPP – Found a missing female who had fallen down an embankment. He stayed with her and comforted her until other first responders could reach them by boat.

PC Riley Bell – Exemplary Performance of Duty -Assisted with the successful apprehension of a male who was evading police and causing significand damage to property and vehicles while operating a front-end loader.

PC John Hyrsky – Exemplary Performance of Duty – Assisted in the successful apprehension of a teen who had a firearm and was threatening to harm people.

Commissioner’s Letter of Commendation and St. John Ambulance

The Commissioner’s Letter recognizes an employee or citizens that has gone beyond what an individual would be expected to do in a similar circumstance. 

The St. John Ambulance Award recognizes individuals who have relieved pain and suffering, saved or attempted to save a human life through the application of first aid. 

DC Daulton Crockett – Commissioner’s Letter & St. Johns Award

Was the first officer on the scene of a crash involving a truck and a motorcycle. Took charge of the scene and performed CPR on the motorcyclist until EMS arrived.

PC Michael Greene – Commissioner’s Letter & St. Johns Award

Sgt. Bradley Burton, PC Peter Beaudry, PC John Gallagher, Kimberly Barry, Peter Easton and Kara Sproule – Commissioner’s Letter

Officers and Provincial Communication Centre members worked together to locate and rescue a female in distress who had wandered out onto the ice on Bay Lake before falling unconscious.

Commissioner’s Citations for Lifesaving

The Citation for Lifesaving recognizes acts of lifesaving by a member of the community or the OPP. The Citation for Bravery recognizes recipients who exhibited extraordinary acts of courage in a situation of extreme or personal hazard. The Citation for Selfless Actions recognizes individuals who put others’ needs ahead of their own.

David De Abreu – Citation for Lifesaving & St. Johns Award – Provided CPR and saved his father-in-law who had a medical emergency and collapsed.

Ursula Hettmann- Citation for Lifesaving

Ruth Hill & Nathan Hill – Citation for Lifesaving – Saved a woman and her baby who were found in Lake Huron on a cold January day.

Jackson True – Citation for Lifesaving -Alerted his family to a significant fire in the family home, allowing everyone to get out of the house safely.

Alec Daviau & Rene Rivers – Citation for Bravery & St. Johns Award

Christopher Prest – Citation for Bravery

PC Matthew Ormsby & PC James Pigeau – Commissioner’s Letter & St. Johns Award

PC Sarah Ali – Commissioner’s Letter – A seven-year-old girl fell into a fast-moving river. Civilians rescued the girl and both officers and civilians performed CPR until EMS arrived.


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