RCMP Officers and Employees Recognized for Outstanding Service

North Cowichan\Duncan

2018-11-09 14:34 PST

Once a year, RCMP Officers and employees on Vancouver Island get formally recognized for Outstanding Service or Actions in our communities.

On November 7th, 2018 twenty three awards were presented to officers and employees from the North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment. This is a unusually high number for a detachment of our size and is a testament to the hard work being done every day and the dedication to our community.

The awards were presented by Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr (Commanding Officer of the RCMP in BC, and Chief Superintendent Sean Sullivan (District Officer of Vancouver Island).

*Five officers were awarded Bravery Commendations for rescuing occupants from a vehicle hanging over the Cowichan River on Dec 7, 2017. (Cpl. Merrick, Cst. Lansdowne, Cst. Kowalewich, Cst. Peters, and Cst. Banfield )

*Two officers were awarded Bravery Commendations for entering and search a burning building looking for a suicidal youth in Duncan on December 21, 2016. (Cst. Platt and R/Cst. MacNeill)

*Five officers were presented awards for rescuing a man from drowning near Cowichan Bay on November 13, 2017. (Cpl. K. Pharis, Cst. Hill, Cst. Granneman, Cst. Speidel and Cst. Houlgate)

*Three officers were presented awards for their patience and determination in disarming a suicidal youth on July 3, 2017 in Duncan. (Cst. Grey, Cst. Baines and Cst. Houlgate)

*Two officers were presented awards for their determination in locating a missing woman that turned out to be in urgent need of medical assistance on November 4th, 2017 in Duncan. (Cst Kongus and Cst. Banfield)

*One officer was presented an award for verbally disarming a man with a knife that had severely injured himself in North Cowichan on October 13, 2017 (Cst. Charette-Thibault)

*One officer was presented an award for assisting with the rescue of occupants of a plane that had crashed near Duncan on January 19, 2017. (Cst. S. Pharis)

*One officer was presented an award for forcing his way in to a barricaded residence in order to rescue a suicidal male that was possibly armed near Cowichan Bay, BC on December 7th, 2017 (Cst. Bozak)

*A Victim Services employee was presented an award for his assistance to the City of Oak Bay on Christmas Day, 2017 when two young girls were murdered. (David Sheftel)

A few stories make these presentations even more special. R/Cst. MacNeill’s daughter, Cst. C. MacNeill in Nanaimo BC received an award the next day for also entering a burning building and assisting with the rescue of its occupants. Cpl. K. Pharis and Cst. S. Pharis are married to each other and both received awards for separate incidents. Apparently dedication to the communities we police can run in the family!

As the Officer in Charge of North Cowichan Duncan Detachment of the RCMP I would like to congratulate these officers and employees on receiving these awards, and thank them for the continued professional service they provide to our community.

Insp. Chris Bear
Officer in Charge, North Cowichan Duncan RCMP

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