Hero cops honoured

Two area RCMP members are being honoured for their role in saving a man's life.

Cpl. Richard Gingras, formerly with the Salmon Arm detachment and now with Vernon Police Dog Service, Constables Patrick Evanishen, David Goodyear, Trevor Medernach, Adam Poitras and David Warner, formerly with the Salmon Arm detachment and now with Enderby detachment, rescued a distraught and suicidal male armed with a knife from his burning home.

They are among 121 officers from throughout the province who were honoured at the 37th annual Police Honours Night at Government House Thursday evening.

Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth presented awards to 121 officers of all ranks, from municipal departments and RCMP detachments, for their extraordinary accomplishments in life-saving incidents, their determination above and beyond the call of duty and their work to make B.C.'s communities safer.

"Tonight's awards are just a highlight of the courage, aptitude and commitment - not only to their profession, but also to their communities - that epitomize law enforcement officers here in British Columbia. They selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect the public every single day. On behalf of all British Columbians, we thank you for your bravery, courage and dedication to duty,” said Farnworth.

Addeed Guichon, “Although these awards can honour only a few special acts, we can take comfort in knowing the exemplary service and dedication of all of our law enforcement officers continues to keep communities across the province safe. Congratulations on your outstanding leadership and bravery, and thank you for your commitment to the safety and care of all British Columbians."

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