2022 Nominees

Brian Jones, Ontario Provincial Police

Brian Jones has been recognized by several officers throughout the northwest region for going above and beyond the call of duty for rescuing a drowning person and then receiving the life-saving medal for his heroism. He has been recognized in the east region for outstanding traffic initiatives, truck inspection, motor vehicle collision recovery strategy and his passion for highway safety throughout the province. He rescued a pilot that crashed his plane in the woods of Tincap, Ontario. First on the scene, Brian Jones recovered the pilot, who was almost drowning in mud, pulling him out of the pit. He administered the necessary first aid and carried the pilot to EMS on scene.

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Adam Fisher, Brantford Police Service (2)

Constable Adam Fisher is the kind of LEO that I want keeping our streets safe. He acts in a leadership role at his local martial arts gym, sets a shining example of fitness to his peers, and his love for his hometown radiates in everything he does. He goes the extra mile even when he thinks nobody will notice. He is a man that makes me want to be a better human being all around and immediately raises the spirits of any room he walks into. We need more people like him, period. Badge or not.

Mihajilo Knezevic, Brockville Police Service (2)

I am very thankful for Mihajilo Knezevic and the support of the Brockville Police while I struggled to leave a domestic relationship. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today.

Manny Coelho, Ontario Provincial Police

Manny has been part of the Listowel Police and now the OPP in Listowel for as long as I can remember. He goes above and beyond, not just when he is on duty, but also when he is off duty. He has inspired many in our community. He is one of the reasons my 7-year-old wants to be a police officer.

Shawn Borgford, Brockville Police Service (6)

I am nominating Officer Shawn Borgford as my hero as I had a very contentious relationship with my ex - she would withhold my daughter from me when it was time for my visits. Police were called on numerous occasions by my daughter's mom when she would deny me access to my daughter. Officer Borgford took the time to listen to me and saw our custody agreement. He tried to call my daughter's mom, who always had excuses, including too much snow on the road. Shawn suggested sending her over by taxi which wasn't acceptable, so he went to my daughter's house with me. She ran straight into my arms! As I put her in the car seat, I turned around and saw Shawn give me the thumbs up. I am so grateful for this man, as exchanges have become easier since then. Thank you, Shawn.

Shawn Borgford, Brockville Police Service (6)

I'm nominating Shawn Borgford for this award be cause he's an amazing cop. He really helps people in trouble. I was being harassed at work and Shawn went out of his way to make sure I was safe. Last year when my six-year-old nephew was upset he wouldn't be able to have a birthday party, Shawn got the team together and surprised my nephew with a drive-by party. If anyone deserves this award, it's Shawn. He has a heart of gold.

Brent Sedgwick, Cobourg Police Service (2)

Although Brent is my brother, he is extremely respected in our community. Having lived here in Cobourg all our lives, he is very well known. After the tragedy that took place at NHH resulting in lives being taken, I couldn’t be prouder of Brent for potentially saving other lives that night. He truly is my hero! He’s such an asset to the department, and this wonderful town we live in!

Andrew Baboth, Hamilton Police Service

Auxiliary Sergeant Andrew Baboth is not only an amazing dad, but he is someone who would do anything for anyone, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. With COVID, community interaction has been limited, but pre-COVID, he would attend youth trips and he loved his shifts with the Hamilton Police Service. I know when things get back to normal, my dad will back doing what he does best: making a difference and helping others.

Brandon Nunney, Ontario Provincial Police

In August 2020, my daughter's fiancé was killed in a car accident. When my daughter and I arrived on scene and were told that her fiancé was deceased, Officer Brandon Nunney stayed by her side the whole time. I know that he was doing his job just like every other officer, but this was different. I knew I could trust him to sit with her while I called our family. If we have any questions or just wanted to have some reassurance, I could contact him at any time and he always replies. My daughter's fiancé's name was also Brandon. It felt like Brandon Nunney was sent to us to watch over my daughter. He has a heart of gold. I want to nominate him to know how much we appreciate him, how much I have respect for him and to thank him for being there for us during this tragedy. He deserves to be shown as a hero, as he was for me that day.

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Greg Francis, Brockville Police Service (4)

Greg has a passion for his community and always leaves a positive impression wherever he goes. Greg is our community relations officer here in Brockville. He runs the Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) program and goes around educating kids on the importance of internet safety and bullying. He is not an officer that is feared when seen - kids actually get excited to see him. My son decided he wanted to become an officer and was hired on to work the YIPI program with Greg. I feel Greg went over and beyond with my son at that time and still to this day. 

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