Big honour for local cop

Const. Gary McLaughlin has been honoured for going above and beyond.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Traffic Services officer received the Internal Order of Daughters of the Empire (IODE) for his work within the community.

The IODE RCMP Community Service Award was established more than 27 years ago to recognize an RCMP member, unit or detachment for exemplary public service to their community outside of their official duties. 

McLaughlin has dedicated numerous hours volunteering his own time to programs such as Read with the RCMP, Emergency Services Fights Back Against Hunger, the Lumby Fire Truck restoration project and the Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy.

“It is apparent Const. McLaughlin is truly dedicated to the communities of the North Okanagan area, given the countless volunteer hours he contributes each year outside of his regular duties,” said Const. Kelly Brett. “The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is fortunate to have a member such as Const. McLaughlin serving in our area as he strives to be a constant role model to the youth of our community.”

Earlier this year, McLaughlin was also awarded Volunteer of the Year by Silver Star Rotary for his work within the community.

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