Award: On-Duty Difference Maker – Uniform/Sworn Police Officer.
Service: Kingston Police.
On September 12, 2019, a 22 year old male began stabbing pedestrians at a downtown Kingston intersection. Constable Fil Wisniak - a 10 year veteran of the Kingston Police - was on foot when the call came in. Constable Wisniak responded to the call, running 2 blocks to the incident. Upon his arrival, one man had been fatally stabbed and another man was being attacked. Constable Wisniak intervened without hesitation - the male was about to attack a woman who was attempting to provide aid to one of the victims.
Fil can be seen on videos putting himself between the male and the woman, preventing him from stabbing her. He then attempted to contain the male at gunpoint and plead with him to drop the knife. The male brandishing the knife charged at Constable Wisniak and he shot the male once, which made the attacker back away. The male then began stabbing himself repeatedly before he was taken into custody. The male later succumbed to the self inflicted stab wounds.
While this interaction was the subject of a Special Investigations Unit investigation, Cst. Wisniak's actions were deemed appropriate given the circumstances. “It is clear that the complainant was on the cusp of launching a knife attack on the subject officer when the officer fired his weapon. It is also clear that the subject officer had no other option if he was going to preserve himself from a potentially lethal attack,” SIU Director Martino is quoted as saying. He added that "Wisniak’s quick actions most likely saved the lives of two civilians and that there is no basis to charge the officer with any offences."