2018 Nominees

Michael Tomasevic

Michael Tomasevic is my nomination for a Police Service Hero. Tomasevic has recognized the importance of wellness and supporting your peers in the field of law enforcement. Not only has he played a role in his own department he has also been supportive to other branches of law enforcement.

Kevin Willson

I nominate K9 Officer Kevin Willson as a police hero worthy of recognition for going above and beyond in his job every day. He and his canine partner, Jake, do public relations work regularly, go on calls when they are needed even on their days off, and pursue the bad guy with passion and seeming unending energy and drive. HPS is lucky to have both Officer Willson and his K9 partner Jake.

Elizabeth Skelding

Cst. Elizabeth Skelding is a hero in Waterloo Region for risking her life to save a woman during a domestic abuse call.

Eric Hiiuvain

He was the absolute best school liaison ever, when I was in school- I hear the kids there now miss him still! He got to know everyone and honestly cared, and always made me feel safe to be around him! Photo credit: CODI WILSON/ Sentinel-Review

Joseph Zaina

Constable Zaina has been with the Thunder Bay Police Service for 20 years, formerly having served in the Navy. He has been part of the Honour Guard, Dive Team and ETU team, providing hundreds of overtime hours upon the call of his community.

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Khoa Hoang

Hired in 2003 by the Hamilton Police Service, Cst. Khoa Hoang was never a typical recruit. He was college and university educated, had a psychology degree with a focus on religion, and worked as a support worker to neighbourhood kids who got in trouble with the law. He was not only different, he was the first Vietnamese police officer ever hired in the city of Hamilton.

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Lisa Smith

The day I met Constable Lisa Smith my life changed completely. Within hours of meeting her I learned so much about her compassion, kind heart, and how much she truly cared about her family, friends, the the people she protects on a daily basis. I learned about not one specific act of courage, or kindness that Constable Smith portrayed, I learned about several. 

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Tammy Fryer

My sister Tammy Fryer, Inspector for the Windsor Police, has done amazing and more work for the community. She is and has always been involved. She has done a lot of hard work and shown pure dedication for Mental Health Awareness. She has taught at the local St. Clair College for their policing program. 

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Rick Popowich

I nominate Rick Popowich for the 2018 Police Hero of the Year award. He - along with Chris Kampela, Matt Sombrutski, Dan Irwin, and Ryan Crupa - risked his life when the group of officers ran into a residence filled with carbon monoxide, removed people from the home, and saved their lives. As a result, all officers had to be tested for carbon monoxide poisoning because of their heroics.

Dan Irwin

I nominate Dan Irwin for the 2018 Police Hero of the Year award. He - along with Chris Kampela, Matt Sombrutski, Ryan Crupa, and Rick Popowich - risked his life when the group of officers ran into a residence filled with carbon monoxide, removed people from the home, and saved their lives. As a result, all officers had to be tested for carbon monoxide poisoning because of their heroics.