2023 Nominees

Sergeant Nathan Harris, Windsor Police Service – Police Hero Honour Roll

Starting his policing career in 2000 with the London Police Service, he returned to his hometown of Amherstburg in 2001, joining the former Amherstburg Police Service, now Windsor Police Service. In addition to his role as a police officer, Nathan has also been an active volunteer paramedic and youth basketball coach. Nathan has a powerful story of resilience.  Despite a traumatic brain injury and extensive injuries throughout his body, Nathan didn’t let adversity keep him down. He worked hard to recover with extensive physiotherapy, learning to walk again and return to work fully. His commitment to serving his community is truly inspirational.

Constable Robert Lawther, Hamilton Police Service – 2023 Uniform On-Duty Difference Maker Award

He has provided unwavering support and care to a fellow first responder facing post-traumatic stress disorder. He was hired in 2013 and is currently assigned to Division One Patrol on C Squad. Robert responded to multiple 911 calls for their safety in their most challenging moments, showing genuine concern and compassion.

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Special Constable Supervisor Hannah Demik, Hamilton Police Service – 2023 Civilian On-Duty Difference Maker Award

She became the youngest-ever promoted to supervisor of the Hamilton police special constables at age 32. She oversaw a team of three dozen officers responsible for prisoner escorts to the John Sopinka Courthouse, earning her colleagues’ respect for her exceptional leadership and ability to unite people. It has been only one year since Hannah tragically died from heart failure last year. This award honours her memory and highlights Hannah’s outstanding character, leadership, and unwavering commitment to law enforcement, significantly impacting the Hamilton Police Service. The award was given to her parents, Pete and Selina Demik, who are immensely proud of their daughter’s accomplishments.

Constable Jeff Loewen, Windsor Police Service – Community Role Model 2023 Community Role Model

Jeff has dedicated 30 years of service to the Windsor Police Service. He is also a dedicated volunteer in his community, coaching a local high school football team for over 20 years.  Jeff’s nominator, Brian Cyncora, Chapter President at Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Windsor, describes him as an exemplary police officer, serving his community with pride, dignity, and honour. Jeff’s compassion shines as he volunteers with the organization to end child bedlessness, providing over 350 children with a space for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Retired Constable Terry Dodich, Windsor Police Service – 2023 Extra Mile Award

Recently retired, Terry’s 30-year journey with Windsor Police Service is a testament to his dedication. He also volunteered as a peer counsellor to his colleagues and mentored school-aged youth to encourage them to make positive life decisions. He was instrumental in solving Canada’s oldest cold case – the 1971 murder of six-year-old Ljubica Topic – using Investigative Genetic Genealogy. He exemplifies dedication, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to justice.