2024 Nominees - PAO Police Services Hero of the Year Award | Police Association of Ontario
On May 22nd, 2023, I called the police, ready to relapse. I have been sober since March 28, 2023. Unsure what to do and got linked up on the phone with the officer Ken Jones. I explained that I was in recovery and that I was fighting the urge to use or drink, and he listened. Open-minded, he didn't change his tone like I had experienced in other instances when I specified, I was an addict and alcoholic. He talked me down and let me ramble and vent. Showed kindness like I hadn't received in a long while. I believe if I had had relapsed. I wouldn't have survived that relapse. He made me realize that police officers are just people, honest. Caring and compassionate ones at that exist. I do believe he is the sole reason I am just over ten months sober and alive today. He may not understand the impact he has by simply being a listening ear, but that saves lives. So thanks to him!! He rocks!!
Jordan Wells goes the extra mile by helping our security team out every time he’s on shift. However, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Jordan Wells at Belleville General Hospital. Anytime Jordan came in, he was always helpful with information that needed to be provided or just a happy smile to check in! This is why Jordan Wells is my Police Hero.
I went through a very traumatic situation this year in Brantford. When I found out what was happening, I was given the police station's phone number and his, as he had started an investigation before the incident with me. I had to give 3 separate statements to him because of all the trauma. And I cannot begin to tell you how patient and kind this man is. Every time he met with me, I was greeted with a smile and a hello. He was also aware of previous trauma with the police (from when I was a small child and no fault of the police). So, he would charge into street clothes before I would start so I could be more comfortable. I cannot think of a more deserving person, as he works on the crisis team helping the community. I will forever be grateful for Terry and his work. He made me feel validated and supported for the last year while the case was in court, and I know I can count on him for anything. I’ve never been more appreciative of a police officer in my life.
I want to nominate Kristy Ashton, Kevin Stoddard, Robin Lockie Hoyt Miller and Mandy Clemens. They all go above and beyond in their community. This team of officers is always doing their best to be progressive and supportive towards the citizens of our municipality. On a professional level, they constantly refer to and try to find support for the people they come across. When they were asked to help with a community project, this team jumped aboard to help. They helped construct the Keswick community fridge, which is helping give 24/7 dignified access to food. They are remarkable, and I’m proud that they are serving my community.
Steve Simone, from the London Ontario sexual assault unit, is my hero! I’ve never had a hero before other than my father. Steve is the kindest, most compassionate, understanding, empathetic person I know. I came to Steve with a sexual assault case. He took on my case with so much determination. The moment we spoke, I was believed. Steve worked so hard on my case. We brought it to court. We are waiting for the verdict now. Steve was incredibly amazing in court. He stood by me the entire time. I felt safe and protected. I felt love and respect. He never left my side. He blocked my assailant from seeing me until I stepped on the stand. He is an amazing and truly kind man. I feel so connected to him. He is family now. He helped save my life. He found me therapy as I was slipping through the cracks. He went out of his way to help me find inner peace. He helped me survive what was so very traumatic for me. I will never forget him. I am so impressed. He is so caring. I can’t say enough about him. Steve Simone is my HERO! He deserves to be recognized for his very difficult job. For being so approachable and kind. He is also very humble. I want Steve to know how much he is appreciated. I don’t know how to thank him enough for all he’s done. He made such a difference in my life. I am still here walking on this earth because of him. I was in such a dark place before we met. I was ready to no longer go on. Now I’m happy to be alive. Steve made this happen. I give him 100% credit for my life. Please consider Steve for the award. He is the most deserving officer. If I had my way we would be friends for life. I’m so attached to him now. Thank you for everything Steve Simone. I’ll never be able to show you how much you mean to me and my family. Steve helped me move from victim to survivor. He helped me get the courage to proceed with my case. I truly care and love him as family. Steve Simone is my HERO, forever and always! Thank you
What’s special about Ali is he always tries to go the extra mile to help others. I know he has worked countless overtime shifts and stayed past his 12 hours to finish work or help others. He always strives for empathy and compassion in his work. Whenever he sees someone struggling, he’s always the first one to offer to help others. He is always patient and understanding, even when helping or educating a civilian or a co-worker. Ali gives people a fair opportunity to express themselves and express their perspectives. He loves what he does and strives to make a difference in others’ lives on or off duty.
Saved a young man that was shot in the neck area. He applied his hands on the wound until paramedics arrive and kept the young man calm during the event. What an amazing hero.
He assists in our awareness protest to ensure everyone is safe and sound. He comes and helps us out with the youth of our Junior Canadian Rangers ages 12-17. He’s a wonderful person, and we count on him to help, and he deserves to be honoured!