Richard Giroux, Ottawa Police Service

In 1999, after a seven-year career as a paramedic, Richard knew from experience the life saving capabilities of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). He approached his employer and the CEO of the McDonald Cartier International Airport (MCIA) where he worked and presented them with a plan to introduce AEDs inside the terminal. After months of presentations to Health and Safety Officers, lawyers and others involved in the decision-making process, it was approved. In 2000, the MCIA was the first Canadian airport to implement a defibrillator program. 

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Terra Nevard, Ontario Provincial Police (7)

Terra is a member of the Ontario Provincial Police and is assigned to the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, working on the Victim ID team. Terra spends her day going through images of child sexual abuse, looking for the unseen clues. Terra works with police services around the world and has been credited with saving victims of child sexual abuse. Terra and her team are superheroes without capes.

Wes King, Durham Regional Police Service (14)

Officer King is hard working, always catching the bad guys and volunteering when needed. I have seen him help people who have mental health issues and he goes above and beyond the call of duty. He deserves to be rewarded for his hard work and dedication.

Marc Taraso, Halton Regional Police Service (11)

Marc is a hero because he is relentless in keeping the community safe from unsafe driving behavior. Marc also provides education for drivers and the public.

Marc Taraso, Halton Regional Police Service (11)

I believe that Constable Taraso is one of the hardest working traffic enforcement officers in Halton Region. He always puts the safety of all motorists as his first priority. As a resident of Oakville, I feel reassured knowing Constable Taraso is efficiently and effectively patrolling our roadways. If he sees what he thinks is a possible infraction, he is immediately investigating. I wish there were many more officers, in all police services, as committed to their careers as Constable Taraso.

William DeKoning, Ontario Provincial Police

William DeKoning saved my life! I suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, broken heart syndrome and paranoia. He would either call to check on me or, as he was driving by my house, he would stop in to see how I was doing. Just knowing that he cared took all the thoughts of suicide out of my head. If it weren't for him, I know I would not be here today. I owe my life to him.

Kelly Saucier, Ontario Provincial Police

Kelly Saucier of the OPP is very understanding and is the only officer who follows through on the complaints of a problem neighbour with the landlord.

Aaron Tompkins, Smiths Falls Police Service

I would like to nominate Smiths Falls Police Constable Aaron Tompkins for the 2022 Police Services Hero of the Year Award. Constable Tompkins is our Community Service Officer. He works alongside many resources to best support the people in our town. Crimestoppers, Victim Services, mental health and addiction services, food bank, schools, shelters and the health unit to name a few. Constable Tompkins has maintained his presence, involvement and support of our community throughout the pandemic and does regular interviews with our local media. He has been a reliable resource and a trusting voice. Constable Tompkins is very involved with our Special Olympics athletes. He is a swimming coach for our athletes as well, and plans activities and events with them. Our Smiths Falls Police Department focuses on “Community First”. We are so fortunate to have our own town police department.

Hannah Elkington, Durham Regional Police Service (18)

It is great to have a female K-9 officer in our Durham Regional Police force. Young girls will have a role model to look up to and realize they can be the best version of themselves. She epitomizes what beyond the call of duty means. Her community involvement is well known by Durham residents and DRP officers.

Ian Clark, Saugeen Shores Police Service (3)

Constable Ian Clark is a very caring, understanding human. He took the time to follow up with me and my family while I was in the hospital. He continues to check in on me. I can’t thank him enough for his continued support. Thank you so much, Constable Ian Clark, for your continued efforts. You deserve this prestigious award.