Police Services Hero Award Winners: 2016-2019

Dispatcher Mylène Lacroix

Nominated for making a difference locally as a 911 dispatcher, and for making Cornwall and communities she visits on her missions to Uganda a better place through charitable and fundraising efforts

Award: On-Duty Difference Maker - Civilian Police Service Employee
Service: Cornwall Police
Year: 2019

As if she didn’t have enough going on already between her charitable efforts and her work as a 911 dispatcher, Mylène has begun serving her fellow Police Association membership by getting elected as Treasurer of the Cornwall Police Association Board. Mylène consistently completes the kindest of deeds for her community, such as knitting warm clothing and donating to the less fortunate, and abroad with mission trips to Uganda with her initiative called “Project Under Things”...

 

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Durham Regional Police Service K9 Unit

Nominated as a team for their fundraising efforts for local charities through the production and sales of calendars featuring Durham regional police service dogs; One of the K9’s will be in attendance

Award: Community Role Model
Service: Durham Regional Police
Year: 2019

DRPS K9 Unit team members include Detective Cst. Wayne King, Cst. Wes King, Cst. Bryan Armstrong, Cst. Jeff Burns, Cst. Corby Wright, Cst. Kevin Dunlop, Cst. Jay Dickson, and Cst. Adam Handscomb.

2019 will be the team’s 5th year producing and selling their calendars. Over the last 4 years, the DRPS K9 Unit has raised and donated more than $150,000 to many local Durham Regional charities – they choose 3 charities per year. Every year, the calendar sales and money raised steadily increases. The Unit has volunteered over 500 hours of their time while off-duty to sell their annual K9 calendars at local businesses in order to give back to the community...

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Cst. Aaron Reichert

Nominated for his bravery and quick response while in pursuit of a suspect during an active triple shooting incident in the Byward Market.

Award: On-Duty Difference Maker - Uniform Officer
Service: Ottawa Police
Year: 2019

Reichert was patrolling the market just after bars closed in June 2017. In an unrelated event, he saw three men carrying a street sign and approached them when he heard a single gunshot in the area of Dalhousie and Murray streets. By the time Aaron arrived to the scene, he saw a group of men chasing the suspect on foot. Cst. Reichert got back in his vehicle, pursuing the group, who indicated to him that this person had just shot their friend...

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Constable Elizabeth Skelding

Just before midnight on April 28, 2015, Constable Elizabeth Skelding responded to a domestic abuse call in progress at a house in Cambridge, Ontario. As her police cruiser approached, a female started coming down the driveway, with a male following close behind wielding a knife.

Award: On-Duty Difference Maker
Service: Waterloo Regional Police
Year: 2018

Just before midnight on April 28, 2015, Constable Elizabeth Skelding responded to a domestic abuse call in progress at a house in Cambridge, Ontario. As her police cruiser approached, a female started coming down the driveway, with a male following close behind wielding a knife. Due to the proximity between the two, Officer Skelding first attempted to manually disarm the male as the use of her gun could have harmed the victim. In the ensuing struggle, the male stabbed Officer Skelding and continued towards his ex-girlfriend. Officer Skelding drew her weapon and shot the male to stop him from inflicting further injury to the victim or herself. While she was bleeding, Officer Skelding kept her gun on him until other officers arrived on the scene. Constable Skelding’s prompt actions saved the woman’s life.


Constable Amy Finn

Cst. Amy Finn has been with the Chatham-Kent police service for the past 30 years, and was the first female officer ever hired by the force. She received numerous nominations from people throughout the Chatham-Kent community praising her efforts to make the town a better place to live.

Award: Community Role Model
Service: Chatham-Kent Police 
Year: 2018

Cst. Amy Finn has been with the Chatham-Kent police service for the past 30 years, and was the first female officer ever hired by the force. She received numerous nominations from people throughout the Chatham-Kent community praising her efforts to make the town a better place to live. She is a tireless volunteer for local initiatives such as soup kitchens, Goodfellows’ No Child Without Christmas drive, Cops for Cancer (for which she shaved her head), and so much more. She also takes a passion for instilling positive life values in the youth of Chatham-Kent, and many nominations credited Amy's dedication to helping them through challenging times as the reason they've become the upstanding people they are today. It is clear the people of Chatham-Kent are very proud to call Amy an active member of their community, both on and off duty. Though Constable Finn is soon retiring from service, her significant impact on the community will very much continue.


Cst. Cealia Gagnon

Award: Community Role Model
Service: Windsor Police Service
Year: 2017

Cealia has a strong passion for dedicating her time to bettering the community of Windsor. Recently, Cealia spent countless hours coaching for The Special Olympics and also developed the powerlifting program for her team. She is very involved in the Youth initiative program at Border City Boxing where she assists underprivileged youths with their boxing skills. She also spends a great deal of time collecting clothing and various household items for The Neighbourhood Renewal program. These are just a few areas where Cealia dedicates her time. Most nights she can be found assisting with various events across Windsor in hopes of a better future for our community.


Det. Cst. Ryan Johnson

Award: On-duty Difference Maker
Service: Greater Sudbury Police Service
Year: 2017

In February of 2016, Det. Cst Ryan Johnson came upon a distraught female who was sitting on the ledge of the Bridge of Nations in Sudbury, contemplating suicide. Det. Cst Johnson, showing the utmost empathy and compassion, spoke with the female…calming her down and building a rapport with her. When the opportunity presented itself, Det. Cst Johnson sprung in to action and grabbed the girl off the ledge, risking his own life to save this stranger. This is the exact definition of a hero. What was just as impressive was how humble Det. Cst Johnson was in the days to follow when answering to media about the experience.


Constable Phil Sheldon

Award: In the Line of Duty
Service: Niagara Regional Police
Year: 2016

Constable Phil Sheldon attended to a murder suicide in progress and was severely wounded during the incident as a result of his heroic actions.

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Constable Patrick Rawn

Award: In the Line of Duty
Service: Owen Sound
Year: 2016

Patrick Rawn was the acting Sergeant for his platoon on the morning of August 10, 2016, when Owen Sound came alive to a multitude of calls for fire and police services in the residential area of the city’s east side. Patrick showed calm, leadership in a storm of chaos and fear, bravely pulling people from burning buildings and assisting any way he could to keep residents safe and out of harm’s way.


Special Constable Sharon Williamson

Award: In the Community
Service: Hamilton Police Service
Year: 2016

Sharon Williamson, a Special Constable with the Hamilton Police Service, donates her time to bring attention to the homeless in her city. She raises money and provides some of the common necessities of life that people take for granted to ensure that Hamilton’s homeless feel a sense of worth.

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