Award: On-Duty Difference Maker – Uniform/Sworn Police Officer
Service: Ontario Provincial Police
On March 10, 2020, Sgt. Steven Large with the Ontario Provincial Police utilized quick thinking to rescue a fisherman who had fallen through the ice into the St. Lawrence River off Landon Bay while ice fishing. Sgt. Large risked his own life by undertaking a precarious water rescue using an available canoe on shore and sliding it across the ice to the fisherman in distress. Officer Large wasn't worried about his safety, rather, just saving this individual and doing his duty.
Exactly one year to the day, this rescued individual was happy to tell Sergeant Large that he was back out ice fishing "all thanks to him." This would be the second time in his career that Sgt. Large subjected himself to freezing water conditions in order to save a life, which is certainly above and beyond the call of duty.