Rob Panek, Guelph Police Service

I never thought I would be in a situation where I needed to call the police, but last year in early April, I did. And the officer who responded to my call was Officer Rob Panek of the Guelph Police Service. I was feeling a lot of emotions that day and Rob was amazing, trying to keep me calm and reassured me that everything was going to be okay. It didn't feel like it at that time, but he was right. There were several phone calls and emails between Rob and I, dealing with my case and every time, he was attentive, detailed and professional. I truly think Rob deserves this award because without him helping me navigate through the court system over the last year, I am not sure if I would have made it. Thank you, Rob, for all you did for me and for being a voice of reason in a very stressful situation.

Cst. Korissa Williams & Cst. Sonia Naccarato, Peel Regional Police Service

Cst. Korissa Williams and her partner Cst. Sonia Naccarato from the Peel Regional Police Divisional Mobilization Unit were invited to attend the Clock Tower lighting program at Brampton City Hall in recognition of Crime Stoppers month (January 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm). During this time, an elderly citizen in a wheelchair became stranded along the snow-covered sidewalk. Both officers jumped into action to help free the individual to safety. 

Kerry Lucas, Ontario Provincial Police

Kerry Lucas is a member of the OPP and is assigned to the child sexual exploitation unit as an administrator. As everyone knows, it’s the staff who run the daily operations of a unit. Kerry looks after a unit that covers the province of Ontario, looking for people who prey on children. Kerry always goes above and beyond in supporting the unit. She truly is a super hero without a cape.

Kevin Webb, Ontario Provincial Police

I believe this nominee deserves to win the Police Services Hero of the Year award due to absolute dedication to the job 24/7, 365 days a year, an abundance of knowledge for which he shared on a day-to-day basis with colleagues, his compassionate nature, and his ability to connect with the public. Kevin Webb did not wear the badge for a sense of power, he wore it to make a difference in the community, to protect members of the community, and ultimately demonstrate the real meaning of policing. Throughout the years of his career, Kevin was able to make connections with various organizations outside of the OPP and took greatly to the idea of community involvement. Only one of many times Kevin has given back to the community with no instruction nor asking for anything in return is when he donated toys to a toy drive on his own accord.

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Christa Hill, Ontario Provincial Police

It's hard to put into words, but Christa Hill is my hero. Her calm, strong presence is a gift. She made the process of navigating the trauma of an assault by coming alongside me, from the first statement with her to being in court on the day of the trial. By the time my day in court came around, she was on maternity leave, but she was still there with me that day, offering guidance on how I could get through my statement. 

Robert Martell, Ontario Provincial Police

Rob was a great source of comfort and information. First, when my husband unexpectedly passed at home and then three days later when my children were in a bad car accident. He was compassionate and helped keep me calm in both stressful situations. He kept us informed of the investigation after the accident. He's a good example for all that serve the community.

Chris Doherty, Niagara Falls Police Service

I would like to nominate Chris Doherty. Chris Doherty is an absolute HERO to my son Spencer. Spencer is a sweet and kind teenager who is on the autism spectrum and has a mild intellectual delay. When he was in Grade 9, he was sexually assaulted by an older student in an empty classroom at his high school. Spencer told us about what happened immediately after school that day. Chris Doherty was the Detective Constable at the Child Abuse Unit at the Niagara Regional Police Service that interviewed Spencer and was in charge of the case. Constable Doherty displayed amazing kindness, patience and caring as he interviewed Spencer and spoke with me as a distraught parent. He clearly explained the process of how the investigation would work and patiently answered all of our questions.

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Jody Bigger, Ontario Provincial Police

Jody Bigger was the attending officer when my husband passed away recently at home. He was so kind, caring and compassionate and helped me through everything. He has kept in contact to see how we are doing. He is our new "family" member. He made the awful day easier to deal with and his kindness will never be forgotten. This type of officer is a credit to the OPP and they are lucky to have such an amazing person representing the service.

Jason Doran, Ontario Provincial Police

A vulnerable person left a business in Petrolia and was missing for several hours. There was a town-wide search with a few hundred volunteers. Around midnight, Jason attended an area that had already been searched, but was very thick and was divided by a river. He said he heard a faint voice and after hearing this a few times, he made his way towards the noise. He wasn’t sure if it was the missing female yelling for help, but he continued to walk toward the sounds. He walked along the river bank and after a few minutes, he located the female sitting on the bank of the river in the mud. She was brought to safety and was in perfect health. She may have spent the night on the river bank if Jay hadn’t gone back to the area and heard her cries for help.

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Justin Tombs, Ontario Provincial Police

On October 24, 2021, I was in a severe car accident on the QEW. A driver was going the wrong way on the highway, resulting in a head on collision. Justin was the officer that came to my window and continued talking to me, asking questions, keeping me calm. I don’t think I would have been able to “walk away” from that accident if I didn’t have someone like Justin. They always say that they’re “just doing their job”, but in the moment, it’s so much more than that! I tried to reach out to thank him in person, but we were unable to connect. I feel this award would be a great way for me to say thank you for all that you’ve done:)