Feature Story                                                                                                   Friday, November. 21, 2014

 

Salute to Valour   

Four Chilliwack cops honoured in Victoria for meritorious service

Staff/BC Government release/Voice file photos

 

RCMP Cpl. Kevin Morris speaks with Mayor Sharon Gaetz at the hospital after he helped rescue a trapped woman in December 2012. Morris and Cpl. Lee Dyson (below) were two of four Chilliwack police officers honoured in Victoria Thursday for their roles in the incident. 

 

t was a dramatic moment; a 19-year-old woman was trapped upside down in her car in a ditch. The car started to fill with water. She panicked. RCMP members stood in ice cold water up to their waists and physically lifted the car to stop it from filling. Corporal Kevin Morris used a tool to "spider" the window, and then, he put his fist through it and brought the woman to safety.

 

The Voice spoke with Cpl. Morris at Chilliwack General later that night after he was treated for a battered hand. You can read our December 2012 report here "Hero Cop Saves Woman".

 

In total, four local officers received awards for meritorious service relating to the incident Thursday at the 34th Annual Police Honours Night in Victoria; Corporals Lee Dyson and Layne Penner (currently with Surrey Detachment), and Constables Kevin Morris and Matt Wright.

 

Corporal Lee Dyson (above) is a regular escort rider at motorcycle fundraisers and numerous other community event such as in the photo at the 2014 Ride to Live for prostrate cancer fundraiser.

 

Below, is the Government of BC's release that was embargoed until Thursday night prior to the awards ceremony start. The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment listing is near the end.

 

 

Officers honoured at B.C.’s 34th annual Police Honours Night   

Four Chilliwack cops honoured in Victoria for meritorious service

Released by the BC Government/Voice file photos

 

olice officers who braved armed suspects, flames and icy waters to save others, and whose remarkable work enhanced safety in their communities, were recognized tonight at Government House.

 

At B.C.’s 34th annual Police Honours Night, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon and Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton presented awards to 87 outstanding officers.

 

“The depth of commitment, clear-headedness and skill demonstrated by these officers – in perilous moments, and over longer periods of service – are examples to their colleagues and those who aspire to policing and other first responder roles. Officers like these directly contribute so much to the safety of our communities, and their accomplishments are worthy of recognition and celebration,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton in an embargoed release on Thursday.

Awards included the following:

• Eight officers who helped workers escape their maze-like, smoke-filled office after an armed ex-employee set a fire and created additional hazards by wrecking furniture and equipment.

• An officer whose first-aid efforts likely saved the life of a man whose femur had been shattered by a rifle shot at close range.

• Two officers who waded into an ice-cold, fast-moving river to save a suicidal, hypothermic woman.

In all, 19 officers received the award of valour, the highest award for a police officer in B.C. These officers made a decision to place themselves at substantial risk to save others.

Sixty-eight police officers were awarded meritorious service honours. This recognizes exemplary performance that exceeds expectations and enhances the public image of police officers.

“As British Columbians, we are fortunate to have such outstanding members of our police agencies delivering exemplary service to our communities. I extend my thanks and congratulations to these men and women for their commitment to the safety and care of our citizens," said Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon.

Quick Facts:

• Each fall, government recognizes members of independent municipal police forces, the RCMP, and First Nations and transit police services who have acted in an exemplary manner, through Police Honours Night.

• In all, about 9,000 members of these services deliver policing throughout B.C.

• Representatives from the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and the ministry’s Police Services Division comprise a committee that selects the award recipients.

 

Learn More:

Police Services Division website: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/policeservices

 

Full List of Winners

Officers honoured at B.C.’s 34th annual Police Honours Night

The following honourees were selected by a committee of representatives from the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ministry of Justice’s Police Services Division.

AWARDS OF VALOUR:

Vancouver Police Department

Sergeant Dennis Scally, Detective Constable Jennifer Daniel and Constables Michelle Allen, Pablo Cian, Geoff Gaudette, Kyle Marynick, Courtney Srigley and Name Withheld – helped victims to escape a fire set by an armed man.

Constables Brian Chernoff and Graeme Wells – saved a combative, suicidal woman from hanging herself.

Detective Constable Craig Look – single-handedly dealt with an advancing, armed suspect.

Golden Detachment

Constable Kevin Johnson – worked to save a passenger from a vehicle as it became fully engulfed in flames.

Nanaimo Detachment

Corporal Phyllis Nielsen and Constable Martin Kortas – rescued a suicidal woman from a fast-moving river.

Oceanside Detachment

Constable Rochelle Carr (currently with RCMP Criminal Intelligence Section) – stopped two thieves who were using their vehicle as a weapon.

Surrey Detachment

Constable David Francoeur (currently with “E” Division Headquarters) – rescued a neighbour in New Westminster from her burning home.

West Kelowna Detachment

Constable Kent Hall and Reserve Constable Sean Lloyd – seized and saved a suicidal woman as she leapt from a bridge.

West Shore Detachment

Reserve Constable Scott Rothermel – searched a burning home for occupants.

AWARDS OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE:

Delta Police Department/New Westminster Police Department

Constables Joe Da Silva and Names Withheld (x2) (Delta Police Department), Roger Rempel (New Westminster Police Department) – restrained a drugged, agitated and suicidal male who claimed to have a gun.

New Westminster Police Department

Corporal Sean Schultz and Constables Sean Hackman, Stu Hagen, Ryan Long, Fiona Reid and Justine Thom (currently with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) – judiciously used less-lethal force options to save a man who was armed and suicidal.

South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service

Staff Sergeant C.J. Kyle – while recovering from a broken shoulder, helped to stop a man from jumping in front of a SkyTrain.

Vancouver Police Department

Sergeant Hal Hamilton – undertook meticulous evidence-gathering and research critical to solving a brutal murder.

Sergeant Leah Terpsma, Detective Constables Glenn Burchart, James Hamade and Dan Murphy, Constable Rob Mitchelson and Names Withheld (x2) – identified and apprehended a serial child predator whose crimes spanned 14 years.

Constables Daniel Ames and Tyrone Sideroff – stopped a crazed, armed man threatening many people with a large knife.

Constables Peter Hooper and Mark Mann – stopped a rampaging man who had slashed seven people.

Constables Paul Kemp and Sam Primerano – stopped a mentally ill, suicidal man who was slashing himself.

West Vancouver Police Department

Sergeant Timothy Kravjanski and Constables Kieran O’Reilly and Gregory Trenholm – saved a woman from potential death at the hands of her partner.

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit

Deputy Chief Constable Andrew Richards (currently with the Port Moody Police Department), Staff Sergeant Michael Coyle (currently with Langley Detachment), Sergeant William Whalen, Name Withheld, and Detectives Timothy Rayner and Andrew Wooding (currently with Abbotsford Police Department) – collaborated to take down the leader of B.C.’s most powerful gang and six gangsters convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.

Sergeant Ryan Element, Corporal Joel Hussey and Names Withheld (x2)– worked on a major operation over 10 months to stop a trafficker of illegal firearms.

Sergeants Brad Moller (currently with Delta Police Department) and William Whalen, Detective Christopher Atwell (currently with the Vancouver Police Department), and Constables Stephanie Taylor and Kevin Thomson – brought considerable expertise and dedicated long hours to a complex, multi-jurisdictional drug sting.

Burns Lake Detachment and Prince George Police Dog Service

Corporal Christopher Ivany (currently with Salmon Arm Detachment) and Corporal Ryan Drohomereski (currently with “F” Division, Prince Albert Police Dog Service) – saved a suicidal, hypothermic man from near death.

Kamloops Detachment

Staff Sergeant Benoit Rodrigue (currently with North Vancouver Detachment) – displayed superior crisis negotiation skills during an incident involving an armed hostage-taker.

Lake Country Detachment

Corporal Tess Guay (currently with Kelowna Detachment) – delivered life-saving first aid to a shooting victim who had lost a considerable amount of blood.

Corporal Mike Loerke (currently with Penticton Detachment) and Constable Carl Stene – endured hypothermia to save a motorist from a vehicle submerged in a lake.

Merritt Detachment

Corporal Kelly Bartch and Constable Tracy Dunsmore – in support of community relationships, voluntarily developed an accredited university course on the history and relationship of the RCMP and Aboriginal police perceptions.

North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment

Constable William Craig Ligget – helped to talk an unfocused, suicidal man away from his knife.

Oceanside Detachment

Corporal Stuart Foster (currently with Port Hardy Detachment) – helped to safely conclude an intoxicated man’s shooting rampage.

Port Hardy and Port McNeill Detachments

Constables Fletcher Chisholm (currently with Sooke Detachment), Cedric Gnyp and Ian McLeod (currently with Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment) - Port Hardy Detachment; and Andrew Bachmann (currently with Castlegar Detachment) and Christopher Voller (currently with Comox Valley Detachment) - Port McNeill Detachment – saved two people from a potentially deadly attack on a vessel at sea.

Salmon Arm Detachment

Constable Micah Chan - quickly attended to a canoeist and her dog who were drowning in cold waters.

Southeast District Police Dog Service

Corporal Phillip Sullivan – tracked and rescued a traveller lost in the wilderness and at risk of hypothermia.

Summerland Detachment

Constable Jordan Luscombe (currently with Shawnigan Lake Detachment) – talked a suicidal teen away from a 91-metre-high (300-foot-high) drop.

Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment

Corporals Lee Dyson and Layne Penner (currently with Surrey Detachment), and Constables Kevin Morris and Matt Wright – rescued a distraught woman from her vehicle, which was submerged in a water-filled ditch.

West Shore Detachment

Corporal Bryson Hill and Constables Melissa Gorman and Harrison Teed (currently with RCMP Musical Ride) – worked tirelessly to save a young woman from a wrecked vehicle that was upside-down in a ditch.