Monday April 4, 2011
Recognizing The Best
RCMP pay homage to their best of the best
RCMP officers make an entrance at the Chilliwack Arts Centrelast Wednesday.
Last Wednesday on March 30, the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP honoured their finest in an award ceremony at the Chilliwack Arts and Culture Centre called
"Recognizing Excellence". The awards were given out to officers who showed exemplary service in the line of duty and for long-term service. Included in the first ever ceremony were a handful of civilians who's heroic deeds were responsible for saving lives.
The event was well attended filling about half the main theatre including Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz, Harrison Hot Springs Mayor Ken Beacotte and Acting Mayor for the District of Kent, John Van Laerhoven.
Staff Sargeant Gerry Falk emceed the event and Superintendent Officer in Charge of the UFVRD Keith Robinson. There was also an address by Commissioner Norm Lipinski.
Falk thanked spouses, partners and families of award recipients saying that their "sacrifice and support will never be forgotten and is very much appreciated."
One of the honourees included a police dog named Diego who drew some laughs from the audience when the animal wanted treats not trophies.
The Long Service Medal (LSM) was first handed out on March 6, 1934 for good character and having completed 20-years of service. The medal is 1½" across and is made of silver with the motto "For Long Service and Good Conduct". The medal is worn on the left side of the officers tunic.
"The LSM is not awarded for a single act, the medals are awarded in recognition of all the recipients who have displayed courage, daring, bravery, action, patience and good judgment and the decorations presented today recognize all those actions that make up a long career of exemplary service," said Falk.
When Mayor Gaetz took the floor she talked about her grandson and how he worshipped super heroes and "the men and women here tonight, that have given so generously of themselves, whether its 20, 25, 30 or 40-years Mr. Morris, thank you very much, if it's just doing paperwork, what an amazing thing in our community that you look after the safety of the people about us."
"Whether you wear a uniform, whether you're a municipal employee, whether you're a citizen on the street, whether you are someone who rescues someone from a raging river, whether you recue pot bellied pigs, or whether you just bit someone in the backside, thank you so much Diego, wherever you are. You are super heroes to all of us."
Some of the award recipients are as follows:
20-Year Service Medal
Sergeant Robbie Drake joined the service on March 6, 1989 in Alberta. She has served in the communities of; Prince George, Comox, Courtenay, Hope and is currently posted to the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment in Chilliwack. In February 2009 she was promoted to sergeant.
25-year Service Medal
Corporal Siluch joined the RCMP on September 1, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta. He has served in the communities of; Collwood, Victoria, Shawnigan Lake, Grand Forks, Chilliwack and is currently posted at the Mission detachment Community Response Unit. In November 2007 he was promoted to sergeant.
Sargeant Mike Brouse joined the RCMP on April 18, 1977 in Ottawa Ontario. He has served in the communities of; Dawson Creek, Princeton, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Burnaby, Alert Bay, Courtney, Comox and is currently posted to the Upper Fraser Valley Detachment as duty NCO.
40-year Service Medal
Sargeant Ken Morris joined the RCMP on September 10, 1969 in Chilliwack. He has served in the communities of; Ocean Falls, Kelowna, Alert Bay, Pointsula, Sooke, Victoria, Chemainus, Naniamo and is currently posted to the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment in Chilliwack. He was also a member of the ERT from 1978 to 1991.
Ms. Sheila Hershey was presented with the Commanding Officer's commendation. The citation reads "For outstanding service for life-saving measures to individuals during a medical emergency on November 8, 2007.
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