Ben Bertrend, Ontario Provincial Police

I want to nominate Officer Ben Bertrand of Quinte West OPP. I was at one of the most difficult times in my life. I found it difficult to accept that I was in an abusive situation as I had several people very close to me experience similar situations. I was indecisive about leaving as much as I wanted to stay in hopes that he would change, I realized that wasn't going to happen because he didn't want to. I was feeling hopeless, stuck, alone and afraid. I was tired of the situation, thinking I had no way out and that there was no hope. To be honest, it took me awhile before I knew clearly that this was the right decision. It was 2019 when I called Quinte West OPP to let them know I was ready to leave and that I needed their help. Officer Bertrand came to my rescue. He was very courteous, he made the process quick and he made me feel safe. Without his assistance, I may not be here today. You are my hero. Thank you for your service.