2022 Nominees

David Kerkhof, Hamilton Police Service (2)

Officer Kerkhof is a dedicated police officer, whether it be on patrol or with the canine division. He deserves to be recognized for his commitment and service.

Greg Francis, Brockville Police Service (4)

Greg puts the community first, attending every city event and bringing positivity along with him.

Graham MacGregor, Ontario Provincial Police (6)

It’s not easy to write about someone who has had such a profound impact on one’s life. The concern is often that I won’t put into words exactly how this professional helped me. In reality; he saved my life. If you had known me back then, you would know I was the last one who wanted to be saved. I was living my death sentence and the reason I’m here today is because of the support of one officer. In September of 2019, I was very much rushing to hit my rock bottom. I was burnt out, sleep deprived, addicted to anything and everything, and nursing a psychosis from allowing my PTSD to go unchecked. I had hit my breaking point and crashed my vehicle into a tree. Laying out all the facts is important: In my vehicle, I had paraphernalia, medications that weren’t mine, and I was in a state that one could only assume I was impaired. I was brought to the hospital where I met Officer MacGregor.

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Leesa Bell, Brantford Police Service

Leesa has been an inspiration to many. She has been raising her granddaughter since birth. Instead of taking a day to herself, she contributes to helping her church members and volunteers in the community. She volunteers in police training exercises when not in her job of evidence filing and storage. This is Leesa's second undertaking at the Brantford Police Service, as she was also a 911 dispatcher.

Ian Clark, Saugeen Shores Police Service (3)

I nominate Officer Ian Clark for the Community Role Model award. He dedicates time, patience and love to his community. He has most definitely made an impact on the children and now teenagers of Saugeen Shores. I remember very well when Officer Ian came to my public school when I was in Grade 3 or 4 and we did a program called “K.I.D.S”, more commonly know as “DARE”. I’m now a high school student and I still remember him, which says something about how great a job he is doing in setting up our generation for a good and safe future. I still see him around town, and I  always say hi. Officer Ian is the most kind and caring officer I’ve ever met. One who will forever be known to make a difference and help his community. Thank you, Officer Ian, and the whole Saugeen Shores police team for your dedication and service to the community.

Ed Sanchuk, Ontario Provincial Police (14)

Sergeant Ed Sanchuk, always going above and beyond his duties as an OPP officer. Five star! From Simcoe, Ontario

Keith Fleury, Brockville Police Service (2)

On May 15, 2016, I woke up in the cells at the Brockville Police station, doped up, sick and with a broken thumb. It was also my 33rd birthday. I had been arrested for domestic violence earlier that morning. I had no recollection of what had happened or how I conducted myself while being arrested. Then Keith came back into the cells to tell me what had happened and how I acted while being arrested. He told me that he knew I was a good person, but my addiction had turned me into someone he didn’t recognize anymore and that I was better than how I was living. I was released four days later and I attended my first Narcotics Anonymous meeting that night. I’m happy to report that I’m coming up on six years clean on May 18. Thank you for saving my life, Keith.

Megan Petzel, Thunder Bay Police Service

Megan is a Communications Supervisor for Thunder Bay Police Service. She is also someone so deserving of any recognition; especially one at this level. She is known for going above and beyond for her team, officers and the public.

The reason why she was nominated was for a call she and her team handled in which a young teenage girl was in town for school, had dialed 911 and had absolutely no idea where she was or how long she had been outside in -20 degree winter weather. It was not known at the time that the girl had suffered from epilepsy and she had just come-to out of a seizure and was quite disoriented.

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Kristine Jarvis, Chatham-Kent Police Service

Kris is an outstanding roll model and serves the community of Chatham-Kent with pride and honour. She is an original member of the Shop With A Cop (now Holiday with a Hero) steering committee, Salvation Army Toy Drive Chairperson, volunteer with the MAKE A WISH Foundation, President of the Board, Chatham-Kent Victim Services, Bursary & Donor Coordinator, Paul Herfst Memorial Bursary and Polar Plunge for Special Olympics participant. Kris never misses the opportunity to coordinate a blanket, coat, hat or mitten drive for those without shelter. She plans birthday and retirement celebrations for her colleagues and continually promotes goodwill and kindness.

Adam Fisher, Brantford Police Service (2)

It is with great pleasure that I nominate Adam Fisher for the 2022 Police Service Hero awards. When I met Adam, I immediately feel in love with his personality. He is a kind soul and loves giving of his time with no accolades needed!! Watching Adam with Finn, his canine partner, shows the kind, genuine man Adam is considering the work he does and what they see daily. Adam demonstrates extraordinary commitment to his community. We are so lucky to have them both on our side keeping us safe!! Thank you, Adam and Finn.