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.
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
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
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
cops honoured in Victoria for meritorious service
Released by the BC Government/Voice file photos
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
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.
officers were awarded meritorious service honours. This recognizes
exemplary performance that exceeds expectations and enhances the public
image of police officers.
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.
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.
from the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and the ministrys
Police Services Division comprise a committee that selects the award
Full List of
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
Justices 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.
Constable Kevin Johnson worked to save a passenger from a vehicle as
it became fully engulfed in flames.
Corporal Phyllis Nielsen and Constable Martin Kortas rescued a
suicidal woman from a fast-moving river.
Constable Rochelle Carr (currently with RCMP Criminal Intelligence
Section) stopped two thieves who were using their vehicle as a weapon.
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
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
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
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 OReilly and Gregory
Trenholm saved a woman from potential death at the hands of her
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
Sergeant Ryan Element, Corporal Joel Hussey and Names Withheld (x2)
worked on a major operation over 10 months to stop a trafficker of
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.
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.
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
North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment
Constable William Craig Ligget helped to talk an unfocused, suicidal
man away from his knife.
Corporal Stuart Foster (currently with Port Hardy Detachment) helped
to safely conclude an intoxicated mans 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.
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.