Surrey: On Thursday, November 19th six Surrey RCMP officers were recognized for their brave actions and efforts at the Government of British Columbia’s 35th annual Police Honours Night held in Victoria.
Constable Michael Scoretz received an Award of Valour for his actions on July 18, 2013 when he was confronted by a distraught and aggressive male armed with a knife.
Corporal Anne-Marie Lavallee, Constable Thomas Flynn, and Constable Ranjit Seehra received Awards of Meritorious Service for their actions on October 31, 2013 when they subdued an aggressive male with a knife who had taken a child hostage at a local elementary school playground.
Constable Andrew Barr received an Award of Meritorious Service for his life-saving actions on July 23, 2013 when he helped extinguish a burning motorcycle and saved the life of the severely injured rider.
Superintendent Manny Mann received an Award of Meritorious Service for his exceptional performance and dedication as a member of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) during a major investigation involving a conspiracy to murder key members of a criminal organization (Project E-Patroon).
“While I know our officers will simply acknowledge this as just being part of their duties, I am extremely proud of their actions and commitment to enhancing the safety of our community,” says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy. “Thank you to the provincial government for formally recognizing the great work and bravery displayed by our officers and those from across the province.”
“Twenty-eight members of the Lower Mainland District and Integrated Teams were recognized by the Lieutenant Governor for their valour or meritorious service,” says Lower Mainland District RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dan Malo. “These members, both on and off duty, either placed their individual safety in jeopardy to ensure the safety of someone in danger or displayed exceptional performance and dedication in major complex investigations that resulted in making sure our communities remain safe from very dangerous criminals. Having witnessed the ceremony and hearing the incredible stories, I remain extremely proud of all our police officers and of the heroic work they all do each and every day, often unreported, without celebration and seen by them as simply normal.”
For more information on the Police Honours Night please visit the Government of BC’s website.