The Kamloops RCMP this week held its annual awards and recognition ceremony, at which Supt. Syd Lecky honoured police officers, support workers, volunteers and residents who have made significant contributions to keep Kamloops safe.
Recognized this year were 12 officers who were the first responders to a man who had barricaded himself inside a Denny’s restaurant in August; officers and support staff who were working in October 2017 when a suspect exchanged gunfire with Mounties; an officer who works in the schools and runs youth programs; an officer who raised funds to support fellow RCMP members in Saskatchewan after the Humbodlt Broncos bus tragedy; and support staff for general duty and the criminal-intelligence unit.
In addition, Tanya Johnson was recognized for her work as a registered nurse with Car 40, the program that pairs police and nurses on mental-health calls.
Sheryl Lindquist was recognized for helping to establish the Youth Police Academy and Youth Advisory Council in the Kamloops-Thompson school district and Ally Holowatiuk, a student at NorKam secondary, was recognized for reaching out to students and parents with her brother’s story of addiction.
Long-service awards were also presented, as were medals for bravery.
Insp. Steve McLeod helped open the ceremony.
“As a detachment, we are honoured to recognize not only the dedicated work of the officers and staff of the Kamloops detachment, but also those individuals within the community who work alongside us every day to make Kamloops safe,” he said. Thank you to you all.”