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.
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.
30 Year OPP Civilian Service
This award is presented to civilian members who have completed 30 years of service with the OPP.
Ann Naveau (Retired)
40 Year OPP Civilian Service
This award is presented to civilian members who have completed 40 years of service with the OPP.
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
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.